Arbertillery man Nathan Rimes has been named Electrical Apprentice of the Year for the Welsh region by JTL, a national training provider for electrical and heating and plumbing apprenticeships.

Following a successful apprenticeship with Nantyglo-based Powerlink Electrical Services, Nathan picked up the award at a ceremony at The Vale Hotel and Spa in Hensol, when he was also presented with a £100 cheque and glass trophy.

Nathan, who was recognised by his training officer for his progress both academically and practically, has now been shortlisted to represent Wales against seven other regional electrical winners at JTL’s National Awards, which will take place in the autumn.

JTL electrical training officer Rhys Regan said: "Nathan has demonstrated to me he is more than deserving of this award through his outstanding development since the beginning of his course, both personally and professionally. He is the perfect example to his peers that with hard work, self-belief and persistence, you can successfully complete the framework and become a valuable asset to your employer.’’

Nathan, who currently holds EAL and AM2 Electrical qualifications, said: "When I first started out at foundation level I wasn’t 100 per cent sure the course was for me, and looking back, it is clear I was lacking in drive and commitment to complete my work.

"I can now safely say completing my apprenticeship has been the best decision I have ever made. The experience has opened so many doors for me, and I am focused on remaining in my current employment and achieving as much as possible for both myself, and for them as a business.’’

The award scheme – which is now in its fifth year – sees each finalist assessed against four key elements which make up the apprenticeship framework – their practical work onsite, theoretical knowledge, key skills and industrial test scores.