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Leading apprentice wins 2018 ECA Edmundson Award

Jack Teasdale of Opus Building Services, and 2018 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year, presents a speech during an awards ceremony at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London
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Jack Teasdale of Opus Building Services Ltd wins prestigious industry prize.

21-year-old Jack Teasdale has been recognised as one of the country’s leading electrotechnical and engineering services apprentices, after winning the coveted 2018 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award during an awards ceremony held yesterday (Wednesday 19 September) in London.

Jack, who works for ECA member-firm Opus Building Services Ltd in Tyne and Wear, was trained by leading provider JTL.  After overcoming fierce competition from two other finalists, Jack won prizes which include £1,500 and a study tour to France sponsored by industry manufacturer Hager. He will also go on to be an ambassador for the electrotechnical industry over the next 12 months.

Apprentice of the Year Jack Teasdale of Opus Building Services Ltd said:

“It’s very humbling and a privilege to be recognised as ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year, and to be an ambassador for other apprentices. One of my mentors was himself the winner of this award in 1997, so it’s an honour to follow in his footsteps.”

The two runners-up, who each won £750 and a state-of-the-art toolkit, are as follows:

  • Niall Watson, Derry Building Services
  • Conor McCarthy, Darke and Taylor

ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:

“I’m pleased to offer our congratulations to Jack Teasdale for deservedly winning this year’s ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award. The quality of the three finalists this year is a real indication of the talent that exists in our industry.

“Opus Building Services and JTL deserve credit for the support they have given to Jack during his apprenticeship, and which has been a clear success.  Congratulations also to Derry Building Services and Darke and Taylor, for presenting such able finalists, and supporting high quality training within our sector, which has clearly been a great success.”

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Edmundson Electrical Managing Director Mark Felber added:

“Edmundson is delighted to have sponsored the industry-leading ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award for the last 44 years. We have a long-established policy of developing young people within our sector through both our apprenticeship and graduate schemes.

“Many congratulations to Jack and the other two finalists for making such an impressive start to their careers – and of course for reaching the final stage of the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award.”

The 44th ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award ceremony, held at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, was attended by a host of leading figures from across the electrotechnical industry.

Left to right: Mark Felber, MD of Edmundson Electrical; Jack Teasdale of Opus Building Services and 2018 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year, and Malcolm Crofts, President of ECA and MD of DH Crofts Ltd.


About ECA and its members: ECA is the UK’s largest trade association representing electrotechnical and engineering services organisations, at regional, national and European level. ECA member-companies are rigorously assessed before membership is approved.

Member firms have a combined turnover in excess of £6 billion annually. Member firms carry out design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and monitoring activity across the domestic, commercial, industrial and public sectors. This ranges from power and lighting to data communications, to energy efficiency and renewables, as well as the design and installation of cutting-edge building control technologies.

ECA’s near 3,000 members range from SME electrotechnical businesses to nationwide engineering services organisations that employ thousands of professionals on major UK projects.

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