JTL: Curtis Clarke

Curtis Clarke from Scunthorpe was crowned JTL MES Apprentice of the Year 2015/16

Curtis from Scunthorpe won the 2015/16 crown of JTL MES Apprentice of the Year. MES is mechanical engineering services, which includes plumbing and HVAC apprenticeships.

Now aged 24, Curtis completed his A-levels and then opted for a practical job over a university education, feeling it would better suit his skill set. He successfully applied for a plumbing apprenticeship with Kier and has completed his four-year training. Next in his sights are additional qualifications plus the desire to consolidate his skills. Long term, Curtis would like to progress to a management role with Kier.

“It didn’t sink in at first that I’d won because it was very much unexpected,” Curtis said. “I’m the first apprentice within Kier to win the award so it feels like a big achievement and it’s great to have the additional pat on the back!”

To qualify for the Apprentice of the Year title, candidates had to be recommended by their JTL training officers for their exceptional classroom work, outstanding practical abilities and excellent employer feedback. The potential winners attended formal interviews and practical assessments conducted by JTL’s senior management team.

Craig Hurring, head of communications for JTL, said: “Curtis stood out from his peers and was the worthy winner of the award. He already has his own van and full responsibility for his actions and self-management, and is destined to go on to achieve great things in his career. It’s a great example of where an apprenticeship can take you.”

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