George Stickings, who is now training as a Quantity Surveyor with TClarke Transport Division was runner up at the recent TClarke Apprentice of the Year. Now he has won the industry wide JIB Apprentice Exchange competition - and a six week exchange trip to Brisbane, Australia.
Before he travels, here are his thoughts:
‘I started my working life as a young apprentice electrician, which was especially daunting as I was working for TClarke, where my father’s name was already well established. I was quickly taken into the Transport Division by Robin Aves who made sure I got the support required. I was put into a team under the guidance of Andy Webster and occasionally my father Peter, whereby everybody was willing to help and pass on knowledge. From here I quickly progressed, making the most of every opportunity given to me, while under the watchful eye of my project engineer Daniel Grant. All of that support - for which I’m very grateful - has helped me progress to the role of Quantity Surveyor, where I am still working with much of the same team.
‘From the start of my apprenticeship, I have also been supported by John Burrows. John nominated me for the TClarke Apprentice Of The Year awards and I went on to be runner up in that competition. I saw this as a huge achievement - and I received lots of support and encouragement from my friends within TClarke. Several weeks later, I found out that I had made the list of finalists for the JIB Apprentice Exchange Compettion The result was a rather intense interview with JIB and representatives from supporting bodies, including The Electrical Industries Charity and also Unite, the trades union. A few days later I had a phonecall from JIB’s Andy Reakes informing me that I had infact won the Competition
‘The winner of this award is set to become an ambassador for JIB, which entails 6 weeks working on exchange in an electrical contracting firm in Brisbane, Australia. I will ultimately be required to create a blog of my experience in Australia with a report at the end, featuring the differences in electrical working practices between the two countries. I will be travelling to a country I have never been to before and I am certainly looking forward to sampling the lifestyle of an electrician working in Australia for a few weeks!’