Young electrician Cameron proves he's a bright spark by winning award

A young Berwickshire electrician has been recognised for his exceptional talent by being crowned the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) Apprentice of the Year for 2021.

Friday, 10th December 2021, 2:48 pm
Director David Hardie and award winner Cameron Wood.

Cameron Wood was presented with an award and certificate in a special ceremony with his employer, J.S. Hardie Electrical Ltd in Lauder.

He also received £500 from the SJIB and £500 from award sponsor Edmundson Electrical.

Fiona Harper, secretary of the SJIB, said: “The award celebrates the best new talent in our industry, and Cameron has demonstrated excellent skill and dedication.

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“The future is electric and we are delighted that he has been recognised for the exceptional talent that we hope will lead to a long and rewarding career.”

Cameron is now a qualified electrician who works for JS Hardie after completing his studies at Borders College in Galashiels.

The 21-year-old said: “I was really surprised when I found out I’d won this award.

"I definitely didn’t expect it and it’s made all the hard work and sleepless nights worthwhile!

“I really enjoy my job. I do mainly domestic and agricultural work as well as the occasional new-build – it’s always different and I like the challenge and variation.

“I probably enjoy rewires and new builds the most – seeing something progress from an empty building to a functional house.

"Seeing them develop makes me feel proud and it’s very rewarding to see it from cables being run to a proper, finished house. I also enjoy wiring fuse boards as well and take pride in making them as neat as I can.”

David Hardie, director at JS Hardie, said: “Cammy’s a worthy winner of this award. He picks things up well, isn’t scared to ask when he doesn’t know something and his knowledge of the regulations is brilliant – in fact he keeps me right!

“As well as being very knowledgeable, he’s also very particular – everything’s always very neat and tidy. He’s also very conscientious and all the customers who have worked with him say he’s a good worker. I’m sure he’s got a great future ahead of him and that he’ll do well whatever he decides to do.”