JTL has named Kent-based Ellen O’Connor as its Electrical Apprentice of the Year in the South East region. 

Following a successful apprenticeship with Ashford Borough Council, O’Connor’s victory was announced at a celebratory event at Mu Mu Experience in Maidstone on 3 March, where she was presented with a £100 cheque and glass trophy. O’Connor, who was recognised by her training officer for her progress both academically and practically, has now been shortlisted to represent the South East against seven other regional electrical winners at JTL’s National Awards, which will take place later this autumn.

JTL electrical training officer, Barry Robinson, said: “Ellen is extremely deserving of this award, not only because of the merits and distinctions she has consistently gained in all of her exams, but because of her diligent and enthusiastic work ethic and dedication to helping classmates, which has made her a role model to younger students. Her personal and professional development is aspirational to us all at JTL.

“I have always gained excellent feedback at reviews from the electricians she has been working with onsite and from her employer throughout her apprenticeship, and I know Ashford Borough Council is proud to have Ellen forging a career in a very male orientated business. She is a shining example of why females should have a higher representation within the industry and is an ambassador for herself and her employer.”

O’Connor, who currently holds an NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment, said: “I am absolutely honoured to win this award and am extremely grateful for the encouragement and support I have received from both my JTL tutor and my employer. Working for Ashford Council has been the best kickstart to my career, and is an amazing environment for me to learn my trade. I try my upmost to bring fresh ideas and am always committed to learning new things in sector which is always evolving. I hope this award can inspire young women who want to learn a trade but are worried about the lack of women in the industry.”