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EDA raise awareness of Education & Training amongst its membership

March 18, 2015

The EDA has been awarding achievement in education and training for many years. 2015 saw significant changes to the structure of the annual awards to increase the number of winners and to raise greater awareness among the membership.

Traditionally, the EDA has recognised its highest performing learners at the EDA’s Annual Awards Dinner in March. Six winners were chosen from all learners on EDA programmes across the entire industry. With its renewed focus on training, the Board of Management agreed that changes to the awards were necessary, so in 2015 the number of awards was tripled and these were awarded in two separate ceremonies. 

The first ceremony took place at the Annual Awards Dinner on the 12th March where nine managers were recognised in the presence of 550 industry peers. 

The second took place on 13th March when the nine highest performing learners were presented with their trophies at a more intimate Luncheon ceremony at the Shard in London

At the Annual Awards Dinner on 12 March 2015, for the first time, the industry recognised those managers who had had invested most in the education and training of their staff.   These managers hailed from all four corners of the UK, as well as the Republic of Ireland.  They came from large national chains and from small independent companies.  Branches big and small were represented. What they all had in common was that each of them took a personal interest in the training of their staff through one of EDA’s three Education and Training Schemes in 2014.

The structure of the Awards reflected the structure of the EDA’s wholesaler membership and also the number of learners on each programme. 

And the winner is …..(click here for photos from the evening)

There were seven awards for managers who had invested most in Product Knowledge Training for their staff.  Learners’ grades were taken into account because the EDA believes that they perform better if their manager expects them to do so and supports them in their studies.  The winning managers were:

  1. ANEW Buying Group – Dr Andrew Robertson, R&B Star, Maidstone
  2. AWEBB Buying Group – Lynne Anderson, Lincs Electrical Wholesale, Gainsborough
  3. CEF – Gerald O’ Hare, CEF, Dublin
  4. Edmundson Electrical – Kevin Heap, GA Nicholas, Salford Quay
  5. Fegime – Darren Hayes, KEW Electrical Wholesale Ltd, Maidstone
  6. Rexel UK – Ian Pegrum, Newey & Eyre, Hull
  7. Other Independents – Robin Scott, Stearn Electric, Orpington

Each manager was presented with a trophy by Colin Gordon, Head of MOL, EDA’s Training Partner for Product Knowledge Modules and sponsor of these seven Awards.

The final two awards were selected from the entire membership and recognised the managers who had invested most in the training of apprentices.

  1. Investor in Training Award – Placed Apprentice – Darren Coppola, Scott Coppola, Edinburgh
  2. Investor in Training Award – Employed Apprentice – Paul Sawyer, Edmundson Electrical, Great Yarmouth

These two winners received their trophy from John Henry, Managing Director, EDA Apprenticeships Plus, who sponsored these two awards.

Learning Achievement Awards presented at new Luncheon Ceremony at Shard London

Click here for photos from the day at The SHard

On 13th March, nine award winning learners took the high speed elevator to the 34th Floor of the Shard to attend the EDA’s first ever Learners’ Award Luncheon. The event was also attended by the EDA Board of Management, EDA Ambassadors and EDA Training Partners.  Each learner was accompanied by two guests of his/her choice who had been important to them in their career and education.  These varied from parents, to partners or colleagues who shared this significant and proud moment with them.

There were seven awards for Learners who had gained highest grades in Product Knowledge Modules in 2014 within seven EDA groups.  Trophies were presented by Colin Gordon, Managing Director, MOL, who sponsored the awards and is the EDA’s Training Partner.

Learning Achievement Award Winners were:

  1. ANEW Buying Group – Struan Robertson, R&B Star, Crayford 
  2. AWEBB Buying Group – Cameron Paul Munnelly, Lincs Electrical Wholesale, Gainsborough 
  3. CEF – Dimitry Gladyshev, CEF, Castlebar, Co Mayo, Ireland
  4. Edmundson Electrical – Ross Montgomery, Electric Center, Inverness
  5. Fegime – Michael Mannell, Kew Electrical Wholesale Ltd, Maidstone
  6. Rexel UK – Natalie Groom, Newey & Eyre, Hull
  7. Other Independents – Suzy Claire Baverstock, Stearn Electric, Orpington

The final two awards were selected from the entire membership and recognised the Learners who had impressed their assessors and managers most during their one-year apprenticeships. The two winners received their trophy from John Henry, Managing Director, EDA Apprenticeships Plus.

  1. Learning Achievement Award – Placed Apprentice – William Buckley, Scott Coppola, Edinburgh           
  2. Learning Achievement Award – Employed Apprentice – Jake Stone, Edmundson Electrical, Scarborough

In his address, New EDA President, Tom Jones, congratulated the learners on their commitment to self-improvement, and using the Shard as a symbol of aiming high, urged them to continue to work hard and develop themselves through life-long learning. 

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