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This year’s Skills Test took place in our newly refurbished and extended Workshop Training area and was assessed by two independent, qualified Thermal Insulation assessors ensuring a completely transparent outcome.

Harry Curtis representing Essex Thermal said “The Skills Test went well, I enjoyed my time at TICA. It would be a huge achievement if I won, especially if I got to represent the UK in the European Championship, it would be an excellent experience.”

Patrick Reed of Essex Thermal said “We are very pleased that Harry’s hard work has been recognised by the staff at the training centre. Harry has worked extremely hard to ensure he develops his knowledge in all areas of the thermal insulation trade. Harry is now an integral part of our company and I’m sure he will progress through the ranks. We wish Harry luck at the National Apprenticeship Competition and look forward to seeing how far he can progress.”

Marion Marsland, TICA Chief Executive “Our Skills Test creates an atmosphere of excitement and competition in the training centre, and it’s really interesting to see the effect of the two days on our finalists. A happy go lucky mood on arrival quickly disappears as the complexity of the tasks and the intensity of the two days ahead really sinks in. Our apprentices have to deal with being closely monitored by our judges and have the added pressure of being constantly filmed and interviewed. It’s a stressful couple of days for everyone involved, but we can be really sure at the end of this process, we have a genuine and worthy winner. I would like to congratulate all our finalists this year. It was a real pleasure spending time getting to know them, and I can assure all of the employers that they did them proud.”

Michael Tait one of the Judges said “It has been a real pleasure and honour to be a judge for this year’s Apprentice of the Year competition. With the standard of work on display at such an exceptional level, it has made our job choosing an overall winner such a hard decision. All participants have done themselves and their companies proud and I wish to congratulate all those involved.”

The winner will be announced at the TICA Annual Lunch on 20 September, places can be booked on our website. 

Good Luck Harry!

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