CEF apprentice Max awarded VIP visit to No.10 A

n aspiring electrical wholesaling apprentice from Redhill, Surrey, was

invited to tour No. 10 Downing Street as part of an industry training programme. Max Kershaw works for CEF, the electrical goods and services supplier, in the company’s Redhill store. The 17-year-old is training for a career in electrical wholesaling and his visit to No.10, on 10th May, was organised by London- based training provider, Hawk Training. Hawk Training is a partner of EDA

Apprenticeships Plus, the organisation that runs and manages the apprenticeship programme on behalf of the sector’s trade association, the Electrical Distributors’ Association. While on the tour, Max visited No.10's historic

rooms and saw artefacts that played a fundamental part in British history. Having enjoyed the guided tour, Max said: “This was a really interesting experience for me, and something I’ll never forget. The electrical wholesaling sector offers some fantastic career development opportunities for young people

CEF apprentice, Max Kershaw, outside 10 Downing Street.

and school leavers and I’m delighted to have been able to represent the industry at such an important British location. “By being a part of the EDA Apprenticeships Programme, I’ve been given some really

AWEBB’s Vantastic promotion returns with Citroen van prize

once again giving away a Citroen Berlingo van to one of its member’s lucky customers this summer. AWEBB’s Vantastic promotion attracted more than 5,000 entries in 2017 and this year’s prize draw is expected to be extremely popular.


upported by many leading industry suppliers, the AWEBB buying group is

To be in with a chance of winning the new van, all contractors need to do is to spend £250 on any of the brands that are supporting the Vantastic promotion, between June 1 and August 31, 2018. For entry to the prize draw, and for terms and conditions, visit and enter the code VAN 1.

valuable opportunities, and I’d definitely recommend the initiative to others.” Max’s manager at CEF, James Francis, added:

“Max is a terrific apprentice and the fact that he was chosen for a visit to No. 10 is testament to this. He has delivered to very high standards in both his job and his apprenticeship qualification. Max is keen, thoughtful, conscientious, and hardworking and a real asset to our business.” Crawford Knott, Hawk Training’s Managing

Director, said: “The theme of ‘Apprenticeships Work’ features prominently across all of our activities. Downing Street has enabled Hawk Training to take 25 apprentices, as nominated by their tutors and employers, on a very special tour of 10 Downing Street, providing the opportunity to walk through history.” ●For more information about CEF, visit For more information about the EDA or Hawk Training visit and

It’s game on for lucky winner Alan


lan McEnroe, Branch Manager at CEF, Wakefield, is the lucky winner

of a PS4 Games Console, including wireless controller and game, in our March competition, courtesy of Kidde. If you want to enter this month’s competition and be in with a chance of winning an Apple Watch, turn to page 43.

NAPIT goes the extra mile for the electrical industry T

eam NAPIT* is once again taking on new challenges to fundraise for charity,

with a goal of raising £5,000 for The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) during 2018. On 25th May 2018, NAPIT’s committed

team of walkers, including Chief Executive Mike Andrews, were due to embark on a 30-mile hike along the Jurassic Coast.

The walk – estimated to take around 13 hours –

covers tough coastal terrain with some steep inclines along the way. Although the walk will be tiring, the group expected to experience some of England’s most breathtaking sites such as Corfe Castle, the South West Coastal Path and Old Harry Rocks chalk stacks at Studland. Mike Andrews, NAPIT Group Chief Executive, said: “Once again I am

proud of staff and partners at NAPIT for putting themselves forward to take on a new challenge in support of charity. This year our chosen charity EIC has a significant impact on our industry, particularly NAPIT

Team NAPIT hopes to raise £5,000 for the Electrical Industries Charity during 2018.

members, and that’s why we are determined to finish this challenge as a team and reach our £5,000 target with all proceeds going to the EIC.” *National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers.

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