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EDA presents awards

The presentation of the EDA Learning and Development Achievement Awards took place at the Association’s Annual Dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London earlier this month.

The awards recognised the individuals who have excelled in using the EDA’s Product Knowledge programme of modules or the EDA Apprenticeship scheme. The presentation was hosted by Tom Jones, the EDA’s Learning & Development Board member and the learners were given their awards by EDA President, Brian Smithers.

Jones said: “With no loss of time away from the branch, our Product Knowledge training modules offer great flexibility and excellent value. Accredited by City & Guilds, it’s an ideal way for any EDA member wishing to develop their team’s knowledge of the products we sell to our customers.”

Last year was the best ever year for EDA learners on the programme and the competition in this category was extremely high. Due to the very high standard of work of three individuals the EDA awarded three joint first places to Iona Hayward of Edmundson Electrical in Sudbury, Richard McCartney of Edmundson Electrical in Morecambe and Craig Hiepner of Deta Electrical in Luton. All three Product Knowledge winners gained distinctions for their hard work.

Jones added: “At a time when unemployment amongst the younger generation is at its highest, combined with our continued need to manage overheads, apprenticeships offer a great solution. Not only are they essential to bring ‘new blood’ in to our industry, they also help develop the skills of your existing staff.”

The first winner of the Train to Gain category who completed an NVQ level 3 in ‘Business Administration’ was Kimberley Walker of Edmundson Electrical in Irvine, Scotland. The second winner of the Train to Gain category, who completed an NVQ level 2 in ‘Distribution, Warehousing and Storage’, was Cordell Boyes of Stearn Electric in Nottingham.

The image shows: (from left to right) Brian Smithers (EDA President), Craig Partington (Regional Director for Edmundson Electrical Northwest region), Richard McCartney (Edmundson Electrical, Morecombe), Colin Gordon (Head of MOL), Robert Beck (Regional Director of Edmundson Electrical Eastern Region), Iona Hayward, and Paul Webb (both of Edmundson Electrical in Sudbury), and Tom Jones (Lockwell Electrical in Somerset).

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