Electrical apprentice Chen Thompson
Electrical apprentice Chen Thompson was delighted to be named Apprentice of the Year after becoming an advocate for women in the industry.
The 25-year-old said: “I was a bit sceptical about an apprenticeship at first, because I am 25 and a bit older than the usual apprentice, but I found it really beneficial.
“Knowing you are learning and being paid and that people are investing their time and energy into you can really help you become successful.
“The college was great and were always there to provide extra support. I’m now a qualified electrician considering a more managerial role.”