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Rewarding ambition


The apprenticeship has been a popular employment topic this year. Iain Macdonald looks at how industry awards can develop trainee talent into career success


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s a trainee in this industry, a mixture of aptitude and the right attitude will get you going places. All who have experience of hiring and training apprentices will know that


the electrotechnical industry attracts some of the UK’s brightest and best young talent each year. Industry entrants with strong technical ability and all-


round potential are much sought after by employers, so it follows that these form the broad criteria for most apprentice award schemes. Candidates participating in awards events are usually interviewed by a panel of industry experts and judged


across the full set of employment skills: technical, academic, communication and interpersonal. For the individuals who go on to win, the payback can be very worthwhile, with immediate recognition and reward in the form of esteem and prizes. More significantly, though, they are positioning themselves for career development later on, because such an achievement tells employers that these individuals are ideal for investing in, giving them further opportunities after qualification. For a company, producing a winner is the proof that


your approach to the training and development of junior technical staff is as good as its gets in the industry, and


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