Finalists Announced! Celebrating engineering construction’s finest

An electrical apprentice has been named as the best in the country for his course.

Lewis Colbrook of North Lindsey College was given the Learner of the Year gong for the Introduction to Engineering Construction course from a shortlist of seven.

He picked up at the award in London at a ceremony for the Engineering Construction Industry Training and Development (ECITB) Awards for engineering.

Lewis, who was “ovewhelmed” with the win has been described by his employer, Environmental Systems and Services UK in Lincoln, as “a quick learner”, and showing signs of “becoming a good electrician in his own right”.

ESS UK said they want to keep hold of Lewis as he will be “no doubt a major part of the company.”

The seventh annual Engineering Construction Industry Training and Development Awards celebrate the achievements and successes of individuals, companies and training providers across the engineering construction industry.

The finalists were revealed this month after a panel of expert judges pored over the nominations. Categories include the ‘Young Apprentice of the Year’ and ‘Supporting Diversity in Engineering Construction’.

Helen Czerski, physicist, oceanographer and presenter of BBC’s Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, presented the awards ceremony at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London.

Chris Claydon, ECITB chief executive said: “The ECITB’s annual training and development awards recognise the great work going on right across the industry to ensure employers and their workforce have the skills they need to succeed.

“With Brexit and a number of major engineering construction projects on the horizon, there has never been a more important time for the industry to invest in its people.  These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the people, employers and training providers who have really excelled this year and showcase the finest examples of training and development in the industry.”