A thermal insulation engineer has beaten off competition from all parts of the UK to win a major national apprenticeship award. Brand Energy and Infrastructure Service employee Adam Brophy scooped the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) Level 2 Apprentice of the Year Award at a recent ceremony held in Darlington.

Adam joined industrial access, insulation and painting specialist Brand in 2017, and now works on a major maintenance contract near Immingham. He overcame challenges from 7 other hopeful competitors who were representing various companies from different parts of the UK, to take the award. TICA’s 2018 Skills Test saw them undertake a series of demanding examination essay tasks, plus a rigorous practical assessment test, before Adam emerged as the outright winner to earn the Apprentice of the Year title.

“The finalists were selected on the basis of their practical skills, their overall attitude to training and their behaviour and commitment at work,” explains Ronan Sheils, managing director of Brand Energy and Infrastructure Service UK & Ireland.

“Adam had impressed people with his very professional approach to his work, as well as his outstanding skills and his great keenness to learn. Those attributes helped him gain a place in the competition, and ultimately to win the title. We’re extremely proud of his performance, and delighted that he’s achieved this success which he undoubtedly deserves.”

“We place a great emphasis on training so that we can guarantee our customers will receive the high levels of quality, safety and service they have come to expect from us. The recognition that Adam’s success has earned is evidence of our strategy in action, and we really wish him well for the future.”

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