27 March 2013 The hard work and commitment of six apprentices and trainees employed by regionally based members of B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association – formerly HVCA) has just been recognised as they walked away with the top honours at this year’s North West Regional Training Awards.  Taking place during a dinner held at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, the awards sponsored by Pegler Yorkshire and NRL Recruitment were organised by B&ES training subsidiary BEST and were presented by B&ES president Sue Sharp.

The award winners were:

Heating & Ventilating Installer of the Year – Liam Prestidge, employed by Manchester based Shepherd Engineering Services Ltd.

Heating & Ventilating Craftsperson Fitter/Welder of the Year – Jamie Thompson, employed by Manchester based Shepherd Engineering Services Ltd.

Electrician of the Year – Rowan Morgan, employed by Manchester based Shepherd Engineering Services Ltd.

Engineering Technician of the Year – Hayden Vann, employed by Stockport, Cheshire based EMCOR Engineering Services Ltd.  (Runner-Up was Kieran Duffy employed by Blackburn based Cofely Ltd).

Incorporated Engineer of the Year – Robert Cleworth, employed by Leigh, Lancashire based End Systems Ltd.

Adult Existing Worker of the Year – Lee Campbell, employed by Preston, Lancashire based The James Mercer Group Ltd (Runner-Up was Robert Hamnett employed by Wigan based Interserve Engineering Services Ltd).

Shepherd Engineering Services were also presented with the ‘Employer Commitment to Training Award’.

In her presidential address, Mrs Sharp congratulated all the winners for their “hard work, commitment and determination to progress in their chosen career”.

“Make no mistake – they represent the future, not only of our sector, but of the construction industry and the nation as a whole,” the president insisted.

Mrs Sharp concluded by thanking chairman of the awards panel Peter Williams for his skilful management of the awards along with NRL Recruitment and Pegler Yorkshire for their generous sponsorship.


Issued on behalf of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) by Next Step Marketing Ltd

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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.


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Make no mistake – they represent the future, not only of our sector, but of the construction industry and the nation as a whole.
Sue Sharp, B&ES President