The annual awards ceremony for SELECT, the industry body for Scotland's electrical sector, taking place in October, has added a brand new category to this year’s event. Along with regular categories that include Electrical Contractor of the Year, SJIB/Edmundson Apprentice of the Year and Lifetime Achievement –a new prize focuses on the distributor/wholesaler with the introduction of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) Scottish Section Apprentice of the Year.
This new award reflects the increasing demand for apprentices among Scotland’s distributors and is sponsored by EDA Apprenticeships Plus, with whom the EDA partners to deliver apprenticeship training for its members.
Chair of the EDA Scottish Section, Stearn’s Kristian Van Rensburg, said: “Apprentices are the future of our sector and we want to do everything we can to encourage them. The new award is designed to recognise the tremendous contribution they make.”
Because of unprecedented interest in this year’s ceremony, the deadline for entries has been extended until this Friday (14th July), with the judges' deliberations scheduled to commence on Thursday, 27th July.
SELECT is aiming for record figures for this year's awards ceremony which, as in years past, will be held at the stylish Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Friday 13th October.
SELECT Managing Director Newell McGuiness said: “This year we will welcome entrants across a wider variety of categories and we are encouraging members to showcase their achievements. The SELECT Awards are the most prestigious in the UK electrotechnical calendar.
“They are again dedicated to upholding and celebrating the highest standards in our industry with categories covering a wide range of disciplines and services. We will celebrate innovation and reward individuals and members across the industry in Scotland.”
Image: Last year's event where Rudi Klein won the lifetime achievement award.