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Comedian helps former apprentices celebrate their qualification with Clarkson Evans

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Written by: Sophie Flowers | Posted 19 October 2017 17:35

Comedian helps former apprentices celebrate their qualification with Clarkson Evans

Comedian Terry Alderton congratulated apprentices who recently completed their training with Clarkson Evans at the company’s latest annual apprenticeship celebration event.

Mr Alderton handed out awards to 26 former electrical apprentices and one former IT apprentice at the Apprenticeship Presentation Evening, at the Hatherley Manor Hotel, in Gloucester on Friday. 

Nathan Evans, Managing Director of Clarkson Evans, said: “As a former Clarkson Evans apprentice myself I know firsthand how hard our staff work to qualify as electricians.

"Inviting each graduating apprentice to the stage to collect their award and witnessing them enjoying their moment in the spotlight makes me feel extremely proud.”

Many of the former apprentices themselves recognise how much they have achieved and several are now beginning to plan for the future, with a long-term career ahead of them.

Former Gloucester apprentice, now qualified electrician Jack Kelly said: “Joining Clarkson Evans has been a life-changing experience. Before I joined the company, I was pulling pints and my career was going nowhere. At the age of 19, they took a chance on me and I’ll always be grateful for that.”

The evening was also used to celebrate the success of Clarkson Evans’ first ever office-based apprentice Jason Merrett.

Since joining the company as an IT apprentice last year Jason Merrett has exceeded all expectations with his ‘can-do’ attitude and optimistic approach.

He’s proved to be a fantastic apprentice ambassador and has been invited back to his old secondary school to promote opportunities in IT.

Jason, a former student at Balcarras School, in Cheltenham, said: “Most people at my old school think university is their only route into a well-paid job. After 12 months I’ve learnt so much and am now loving my permanent role as an IT technician.”  

Clarkson Evans has experienced significant growth since the company was established 35 years ago. Now the company has over 800 staff and takes on apprentices across its network of 17 branches.

Last year the company wired one in 10 new homes built across England and Wales for national house builders such as Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, Barratt and David Wilson.

The company is currently recruiting its latest batch of apprentices to start in early 2018. Visit www.clarksonevans.co.uk to apply online.

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