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Doncaster apprentice storms the tower of London

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Published by Hannah Wooderson for 24dash.com in Housing

Doncaster apprentice storms the tower of London Doncaster apprentice storms the tower of London

Bentley based plumbing apprentice, Alan Potterton, 26, was chosen from 10,000 competitors to win second place at JTL’s National Awards Ceremony which celebrates the achievements of apprentices from across England and Wales.

The newly qualified plumber, who works for St Leger Homes of Doncaster, represented Yorkshire and Humberside at the Tower of London on Wednesday, 18 February 2009. Alan was up against nine other regional finalists to win second place with a cash prize amounting to £1,200 and a plaque.

Alan Potterton commented: “I was amazed when I won the Yorkshire and Humberside Region’s Best Apprentice Award and it was a great feeling to be put forward for the national title. I never imagined that I would get this far, especially competing against so many great guys and girls.

“I can’t thank enough my JTL mentor, Steven Myers and employer St Leger Homes of Doncaster, as well as all the staff at Doncaster College who have helped me gain the necessary skills and experience. They’ve inspired and encouraged me to recognise what I can achieve as a plumber and in doing so I’ve been able to secure a better standard of life for the future.”

St Leger Homes of Doncaster’s Acting Chief Executive, Judith Jones, adds: “Alan has done really well and we are proud of him at St Leger Homes of Doncaster. It’s great to see a young person grow into a really accomplished craftsperson and have his hard work and commitment to both St Leger Homes and his apprenticeship recognised.

“As a company we fully support apprenticeships and I would encourage more companies to take on apprentices as they are the future of the industry and in my experience have really helped us grow our business.”

Alan’s proud father, David Potterton, said: “It’s a great achievement to be at the national awards and I’m delighted with Alan’s success. He has worked very hard and been determined to complete his training to the highest standards. His perseverance has paid off and now has a prosperous career ahead of him thanks to the right training with JTL and his employer.”

JTL’s Chief Executive, Denis Hird says: “As the leading training provider in the building services engineering sector we take great pleasure in seeing our apprentices achieving at the highest levels. However, we recognise that our apprentices’ achievements would not be possible without the employers who work with us to train and support them. Their ongoing commitment and encouragement, along with that of JTL’s Training Officers is crucial both to the success of our apprentices and to JTL.

“We’ve got 4,000 employers who already do a great job by taking on and mentoring apprentices, we just wish there were more. These awards have been a perfect example of how apprentices can, and have, helped contribute to the growth of a business; something I’m sure our 10 winning employers will agree.”

 

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