Skills Company apprentice George Eastwood has scored a double award triumph.  After winning the Building Engineering Services Association’s (BESA) North West Apprentice of the Year award in February, George has now won the Association’s National Apprentice of the Year award.

Twenty two year old George is a Level 3 Heating and Ventilation apprentice with Lewis Facilities, a Chadderton based facilities management and contracting company.  George started work at Lewis Facilities in 2013, having decided on a career change from his previous office based role with a national bank.

George’s employer quickly recognised his potential, and paid for additional training courses to ensure that he’s as multi-skilled and qualified as possible.  These included qualifications in gas fitting, first aid and scaffolding.

George’s manager at Lewis Facilities said:  “It was clear very early on that George had the capability to do very well in the industry.  He’s applied himself to the work and his learning extremely well, and these well-deserved awards are recognition of the great progress he’s made.”

George commented:  “"I was absolutely honoured to have won the awards, and couldn't have done it without the ongoing support from Lewis facilities and mentoring from my colleagues."

George’s Skills Company trainer Jason Unsworth concluded:  “George has done brilliantly well in his apprenticeship, and the extra investment that his employer has put into providing additional training and qualifications will put him in a great position to develop a successful career.  Here at the Skills Company, we’re very proud of his achievements.”