Michael is Welsh Electrical Apprentice of the Year

14 November 2014

Cardiff and Vale College's Michael is Welsh Electrical Apprentice of the Year

A student who undertook his apprenticeship at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) has been named JTL’s Welsh Regional Apprentice of the Year.

Michael O’Donovan, who is 21 and from Henllys, Cwmbran, is now employed and is supporting a new apprentice himself, passing on his skills.

Michael beat off competition from five other students from across Wales. He will go on to represent Wales in the JTL UK finals in February. Half of the six finalists were former CAVC Electrical Apprentices.

Now employed by T Clarke and trained by JTL, Michael was an Electrical Apprentice with the College last year.

“I feel honoured to have been chosen as the Welsh Apprentice of the Year, but I wouldn’t be in this position without the support of my training officer, my employer, my college tutors and my family,” Michael said. “I’ve always been practically minded and, having enjoyed my work experience with T Clarke while I was still in school, I knew I wanted to be an electrician.”

Michael said he was grateful for the support and guidance he received from his CAVC tutors, Training Officer at JTL and his work experience provider T Clarke that enabled him to follow his ideal career.

“I was fortunate to gain experience with a local company but soon realised that the experience I needed wasn’t on offer, so I contacted T Clarke and with some help from JTL and my college tutors I was able to transfer my employment,” Michael explained. “I haven’t looked back since – I’ve completed my apprenticeship within three years and I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I would like to thank my more experienced colleagues for the practical skills they have taught me.”

Ellis John, Managing Director at T Clarke added: “We knew Michael stood a good chance of winning JTL’s award as he’s a very capable young man. That said, all the other candidates looked and sounded very impressive too.

“Michael has stood out from the crowd from the beginning though. He’s always been keen to learn and he’s really pushed himself to achieve more than the average apprentice. We have recently offered him a position as a Junior Engineer in our Bristol office and he’s now supporting a new apprentice so his learning curve isn’t likely to slow down any time soon! We wish him many congratulations and hope he’ll enjoy a long and successful career with us.”

Out of the six finalists, three of them did their apprenticeships at CAVC. Michael was joined by fellow former CAVC Electrical Apprentices Sean Davies and Simon Grainger.

Cardiff and Vale College Head of Engineering and Building Services Gary Collins said: “Michael was an outstanding apprentice and we are all extremely proud that he has done so well. The College was represented by half of the finalists, which is a real achievement – well done to them all!”