JTL has named Edward Barber, Dammy Ajibade and Chris Lintern as the winners of its National Apprentice Awards, which took place at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire on 13th June.

After being named as the winners at our Regional Awards earlier this year, Edward, Dammy and Chris went on to compete against eight other regional electrical and MES winners at JTL’s annual national apprentice awards ceremony.

Yeovil-based Chris, who completed his apprenticeship at Spectrum Electrical Group was named the winner of the JTL National Apprentice of the Year Award for 2024. While London-based Dammy, who completed his apprenticeship while working for T Clarke Plc., and Sutton Coldfield-based Edward, who works for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, were named the national winners of the Paul McNaughton National Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Services (MES) apprentice of the year awards respectively.

Chris Lintern presented with his award

Chris Lintern, JTL Apprentice of the Year, with Chris Claydon (JTL Chief Executive) and Clair Bradley (JTL Deputy Delivery Director)

As the winner of JTL’s National Apprentice of the Year Award 2024, Chris was presented with a cheque for £1,500 from JTL. Edward, meanwhile, received a £500 voucher donated by award sponsor UK Plumbing Supplies Ltd, while Dammy’s prize was a Megger multi-function tester worth over £1,000, donated by award sponsor Edmundson Electrical. All three also received engraved glass trophies.

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive at JTL, said: “Our National Awards celebrate the hard work and achievements of our apprentices throughout their qualification, along with the dedication of those who have supported them, such as our Training Officers and the employers we partner with.

“It has been a pleasure to learn more about Edward, Dammy and Chris’ journeys, along with the other finalists. These awards are very well deserved by all three individuals, and I wish them all the best in their careers following this milestone.”

Chris Lintern, JTL’s National Apprentice of the Year for 2024, said: “It feels amazing to be named the national winner, I’m very proud to be recognised for what I’ve achieved.

Edward Barber, JTL National MES Apprentice of the Year with Clair Bradley and Andy Clarke, Regional Director at UKPS (award sponsor)

Edward Barber, JTL National MES Apprentice of the Year with Clair Bradley and Andy Clarke, Regional Director at UKPS (award sponsor)

“Next in my career, I want to do some more electrical-based training, excel a bit more in the industry and keep working as hard as I can.

“To people looking to get on the career ladder in this industry, definitely consider doing an apprenticeship, it’s the best way to learn in my opinion. It gives both practical and theoretical ways of learning all in one, the best of both worlds.”

Edward Barber, National MES Apprentice of the Year, said on receiving his award: “It’s great to have the recognition of winning an award for taking the risk to change careers and follow it through.

“I’m looking forward to continuing where I’m working and seeing what internal progression I can take on with my dual qualification.”

Mr and Mrs Ajibade receiving The Paul McNaughton National Electrical Apprentice of the Year award on their son Dammy's behalf with Clair Bradley and Matt Ward, Head of Training and Development at Edmundson Electrical (award sponsor)

Mr and Mrs Ajibade receiving The Paul McNaughton National Electrical Apprentice of the Year award on their son Dammy’s behalf with Clair Bradley and Matt Ward, Head of Training and Development at Edmundson Electrical (award sponsor)

Dammy Ajibade, the winner of the Paul McNaughton National Electrical Apprentice of the Year, said: “I’m really honoured to have been chosen for this award and am very grateful to all the people who have helped me along the way, such as my training officer, my company and the wider team at JTL.

“Next in my career, I’m planning on learning as many new things as possible and expanding my knowledge of the electrical industry further.”

JTL’s National Awards scheme assesses each nominee against four key elements which make up the apprenticeship framework – their practical work onsite, theoretical knowledge, key skills and industrial test scores.