An apprentice from Cheltenham-based plumbing, heating and electrical specialists, Shackleton, Wintle & Lane (SW&L), has been announced as the winner of the Rising Star Award at the South West regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

One of nine regional ceremonies, the South West regional final took place on Tuesday 25 September at the Doubletree Hilton South Cadbury House with Henry Crosby, 25, receiving The Lloyds Banking Group Award for ‘Rising Star’. Henry is currently working towards a Higher Apprenticeship to become a fully qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineer at SW&L.

Now in their fifteenth year, the National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the diverse and growing range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, whilst celebrating outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships across England. The awards were open to apprentices, individuals who promote apprenticeships and employers of all sizes from all sectors.

Henry says: “Switching careers to begin my plumbing and heating apprenticeship meant I had to make sacrifices, but I’ve never looked back and winning this award further reinforces that I made the right choice. My apprenticeship at SW&L has given me many opportunities and I’ve worked hard, even completing my Gas Safe certificate ahead of schedule. I’m really pleased to be recognised as a Rising Star and am looking forward to an exciting future in the plumbing and heating industry.”

The winner of the national Rising Star of the Year Award will now be decided, in part, by a public vote. To support Henry, people can vote by visiting and the winner will be announced at the national ceremony on 28 November 2018.

Keith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships Group, ESFA says: “We know apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their own talent, and also allow individuals to start or progress their careers. The talent presented by winners and highly commended finalists really does showcase the impact of apprenticeships on individuals and employers alike.

“There really were some outstanding applications and great apprenticeship stories, all highlighting the many benefits apprenticeships bring. I wish all winners the best of luck as we progress to the national stage of the competition and I want to personally thank everyone who took time to enter the awards this year.”

SW&L is a specialist in integrated plumbing, heating and electrical services for homeowners, letting agents, builders and developers. The business expanded and rebranded after the merger of Shackleton & Wintle and WJL Electrical at the end of last year, bringing together two of Gloucestershire’s leading technical experts. The new executive team comprises Shackleton & Wintle directors John Rogers, Malcolm Faulkner, Andy Richards, Mark Young and Wesley Lane of WJL.

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