Tadcaster trainee takes trophy

NAPIT director Mike Andrews presenting Josh Derry (right) with his gold medal. (s)
NAPIT director Mike Andrews presenting Josh Derry (right) with his gold medal. (s)

Josh Derry, a second year apprentice electrician with SES (Shepherd Engineering Services), has earned himself the accolade of winner of the NAPIT Skills Competition for Young Engineers. Josh, 21, of Tadcaster, entered the through Leeds College of Building where he is studying part-time for an NVQ Level 3.

Electrotechnical (Buildings & Structures) as part of his four year apprenticeship with SES.

To win the accolade and earn himself a place in the national final of the Summitskills competition, Josh demonstrated his skills undertaking a five hour practical test at NAPIT’s headquarters in Mansfield, finishing top.

Josh is the sixth SES apprentice this year to win a prestigious industry award. Earlier this year SES saw five of its apprentices, from offices around the country, scoop top awards, with four achieving the prestigious title of “Apprentice of the Year”, in their respective disciplines in the HVCA (now the Building and Engineering Services Association) training awards.

Chris Catterick, SES’s operations director, York said:

“Following on from this competition Josh will compete in the Summitskills final in November and I would like to take this opportunity to wish him luck.”

Nationally, SES currently employs 57 apprentices across its network of offices and will continue to recruit and train young people, providing them with career opportunities and at the same time playing its part to tackle the national skills shortage.