Scottish electricians honoured at apprentice awards

Cameron Wood

TWO young electricians have been honoured at the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) Apprentice of the Year awards, sponsored by Edmundson Electrical.

Cameron Wood was announced as the winner for 2021, while Patrick Henderson received the 2020 award which had to be delayed due to the pandemic. Both received £500 from the SJIB and £500 from Edmundson Electrical.

Fiona Harper, secretary of the SJIB, said, “The SJIB Apprentice of the Year awards, sponsored by Edmundson Electrical, celebrate the best new talent in our industry, and both Cameron and Patrick have both demonstrated excellent skill and dedication. We were disappointed that we were forced to postpone the 2020 ceremony, but we are equally delighted that Patrick has now been recognised for his exceptional talent.”

Derek Allen, Scottish regional director of Edmundson Electrical, added, “Both winners should be rightfully proud of their achievements, and their employers and college lecturers should also be praised for continuing to help develop the talent of tomorrow.”

Cameron is now a qualified electrician who works for JS Hardie Electrical Ltd in Lauder, Berwickshire, after completing his studies at Borders College in Galashiels. The 21-year-old said, “I was really surprised when I found out I’d won this award; I definitely didn’t expect it and it’s made all the hard work and sleepless nights worthwhile!”

After successfully completing his training, 2020 winner Patrick now works for Atalian Servest AMK in Loanhead, Midlothian, after studying at Forth Valley College in Falkirk. The 23-year-old said, “When I started my apprenticeship, it didn’t even cross my mind that I’d win an award like this. I just saw it as a job but it turns out I was good at it! It does feel strange to actually receive the award now because I’ve qualified, but I’m happy to finally get my hands on it!”

Patrick Henderson