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

Nominee William Britt representing Wood Group said “It was good to be back in the training centre for the competition, I got to refresh my skills. If I win it would be great! I think it would really help me going forward.”

Glen White, Business Manager – Industrial Services said “This is fantastic news not only for Will, but for Wood Group as a whole. Will has shown great enthusiasm, work ethic and dexterity since coming onboard and is now a valued member of the team in Portsmouth. Excellent news all round”.

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 William!

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