EWAN DAVIES SMITH OF THORNBURY, A THIRD GENERATION ELECTRICIAN, WINS APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD
15 February 2013 – It was a night to remember for the Davies Smith family of Thornbury at the recently held South West and West of England Regional Training Awards organised on behalf of B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association) by BEST, the B&ES subsidiary that operates nationwide apprentice training for the building engineering services sector. Ewan Davies Smith, an apprentice employed by Babcock Engineering, came away with two of the ten awards presented at the presentation ceremony held at Bristol’s imposing St Georges Hall.
Ewan Davies Smith won the Electrotechnical Level 3 Award and also walked away with the overall top accolade of Apprentice of The Year.
In the audience to see their son’s achievements were parents Steve and Angela. Steve is a qualified electrician, and joining them on the night were Ewan’s brothers Lewis and Calum, both of whom work in electrical engineering, and Angela’s father, Alan Davies, a retired electrical engineer.
The South West and West of England Regional Training Awards are one of a series of regional training awards organised by BEST each year on behalf of B&ES. The awards celebrate the success of local apprentices and their commitment to training.
Commenting on the awards presentation, Sue Sharp, president of B&ES, said, “Ewan and all the award recipients should be very proud of their achievements; we equally applaud the vital role played by their employers and local colleges who have helped nurture their training. Even with the difficulties currently facing the building and construction sector, these hard working young apprentices can be confident of promising careers ahead of them.”
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Notes to editors
Since its formation in 1904, B&ES, the Building & Engineering Services Association (formerly the HVCA) has represented the interests of companies engaged in a wide range of building and engineering services including domestic heating and renewable technologies.
B&ES members are subject to regular, third-party inspection and assessment of their technical competence and commercial capability, carried out by an independent certification body at least every three years.
B&ES members who undertake gas installations are registered with Gas Safe – the gas safety watchdog body – and are also members of TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme designed to direct customers towards reliable tradespeople.
B&ES operates the Heating Helpline (http://www.heatinghelpline.org.uk) to provide consumers with free, impartial advice on every aspect of home heating.
(Top) Ewan Davies Smith receives his two awards from B&ES president Sue Sharp
(Bottom) Three generations of electricians – the Smiths & Davies Smiths family celebrate