The Association called on its now contracts engineer Scott Hill to present its new awards which are designed to celebrate and motivate apprentices throughout the year.
TICA has introduced a new layer to its awards to recognise two apprentices at the end of each two-week training block (which get interspersed by five to six weeks of on-the-job learning), one award that is skills-based and one that reflects individual effort. TICA will continue its annual award scheme that recognises overall technical achievement and work ethic on site and is awarded at TICA’s AGM.
Marion Marsland, CEO of TICA, said: “We thought it important to highlight and recognise the efforts that our apprentices put in throughout the year – highlighting not just ability but their willingness to learn.”
“Our revamped awards support what is an excellent way of learning the trade, where apprentices are taught to carry out their work correctly at TICA before they return to their employers to practice and perfect those skills in the workplace.”
Scott said: “Thermal insulation isn’t well recognised compared with other high-profile trades such as plumbing and electricals, but it does offer a great career with a host of opportunities.
“Apprentices that come to TICA with a positive attitude will do well because they will be properly trained at a well-equipped facility. It’s been nice to be invited back, a bit like coming home!”