Growth Company apprentices Ethan Garside, Tom Griffiths and Charlie Eidsforth have all been nominated for a prestigious national training award. The award, ACR Trainee of the Year celebrates the talent and achievements of apprentices and trainees in the air conditioning and refrigeration sector. The ceremony will be held at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.

Ian Cross, Programme Development Co-ordinator at the Practical Refrigeration Training Centre (PRTC), The Growth Company’s partner in ACR training, said: “Ethan, Tom and Charlie have done very well and they have excelled in their studies, they are a credit to themselves and their supportive companies.”

“They have produced work consistently of the highest standard in both practical elements and theoretical assignments submitted. Above all they have demonstrated commitment to their chosen industry and we wish them all well for the future.”

“We believe wholeheartedly in supporting apprentices and we are very proud of their achievements to date, having had winners of this event before. These three apprentices fully deserve recognition for their hard work and a thank you must go to their companies and supervisors who have shaped them into who they are today.”

Ethan Garside from Allcool (NW) said about his nomination: “I am extremely proud and happy that the College thought I was worthy of a nomination for the ACR Trainee of the Year Awards. I have worked extremely hard to get to this point and feel that this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my company, Allcool (NW) Ltd, PRTC Training Centre and The Growth Company. I am very grateful for the support that was given to me over my apprenticeship. This has helped me grow into a confident and skilled engineer.”

Tina Frankland, Service Manager at DD Cooling, said: “I have found Charlie to be a diligent member of staff and very keen to continue learning. Charlie has completed several installs as lead engineer and has completed the job professionally and within the time frame set out. Several customers have commented on his professional manner and high quality of work.”

“He’s extremely organised, can work independently, and is able to effectively multi-task to ensure that all projects are completed in a timely manner. Charlie is always willing to offer his assistance and has an excellent rapport with the many constituents served by our office including clients, employers, and other professional organisations.”

Tom from Allcool (NW) said about his nomination: “Throughout my time at Allcool, I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment and job in this trade, with the help of The Growth Company and my boss Paul, putting me through a variety of different experiences and training courses allowing me to learn and gain a huge range of knowledge and to become a better person. I am very pleased and honoured to be selected for ACR Trainee of the Year Award, as I know all my hard work has been recognised by other people. Here at Allcool I will continue to learn and improve and become a great engineer.”