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Oxford apprentice Luke Mullan wins national electrical industry apprenticeship award

October 30, 2015

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Oxford apprentice Luke Mullan receiving the Apprentice of the Year award at the Electrical Industry Awards

Oxford Apprentice Luke Mullan has been named “Apprentice of the Year” at this year’s national Electrical Industry Awards.

Clarkson Evans nominated Luke for the “Electrical Apprentice of the Year” award as he is a first class electrical apprentice who has positively embraced his role as an Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Ambassador.

The Electrical Industry Awards, organised by the Electrical Times, are the longest running and most respected awards championing excellence across the electrical industry.

Luke was presented with his award at a glittering awards ceremony at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.   

Clarkson Evans is passionate about developing young people through electrical apprenticeships and aims to be a beacon of best practice in terms of apprenticeship development.

Luke, who lives in Bicester, said: "I was so surprised when they announced that I had won the award as I was up against some stiff competition. It's great to be publicly rewarded for my efforts and winning the award is one of the highlights of my career.

"I am grateful to Clarkson Evans for giving me the opportunity to undertake my electrical apprenticeship and to Oxfordshire Apprenticeships for their support too."

Melanie Ringer, Skills Officer at Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, backed Luke’s nomination for the award. She said: “Luke is full of enthusiasm for his role and for apprenticeships in general and is really keen to share his experiences with other young people to help them make an informed career choice.” 

“Luke is an inspirational role model for young people who may be considering an apprenticeship. He is honest and easy to relate to. He clearly enjoys both working for Clarkson Evans and his apprenticeship, which shines through when he is talking about his experiences. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with him as an Apprenticeship Ambassador.”

All electrical apprentices at Clarkson Evans are trained in-house at the company’s own training centres. Despite operating in an industry that was hit hard by the recession, the company has been steadily expanding in the last five years and now has 16 branches nationwide, including its Kidlington branch in Oxford

The company practises what it preaches around vocational training and was named regional winner of the large employer awards at the National Apprenticeship Awards this year.

“It’s only by employing apprentices and training them in-house that we’ve been able to develop a dedicated workforce with the right skills,” said Steve Evans, Managing Director. 

“We always look for people who are keen to forge long-term careers with Clarkson Evans and many previous apprentices have grown with the company, taking on more responsibility and helping us maintain high levels of customer service as we continue to expand.”