Jack Wootton an apprentice engineer from King’s Lynn, Norfolk based JD Industrial Cooling Limited, has won the RAC National Student of the Year Award at the prestigious RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2016.
Jack, aged 22, who lives in Norwich, joined JD Cooling Industrial Limited in 2015 and was in the middle of his four-year Engineering Apprenticeship at Grimsby Institute. At the time he was having to pay for his own course costs and was delighted that the JD Group offered him a job and to pay for the remainder of his course fees and expenses, finally completing the course earlier this year.
John Dye, Managing Director JD Cooling Group said: “Jack’s win is the Group’s second and together with four runners-up in the last six years, we have a lot of experience with our apprentices being successful in this prestigious National Industry Award. What makes Jack stand out is that when he first came to us he was actually paying for his own further education at Grimsby Institute, including the fees and considerable expenses involved with travelling and staying away from home.
“I am delighted that this extraordinary commitment has been recognised by the judges. As a company that employs local people, we are passionate about growing our own talent by offering apprenticeships to the next generation of aspiring engineers who are looking for a career in this sector. We are committed to providing the support and guidance to enable them to achieve the invaluable experience required when completing an apprenticeship.”
With regional offices also in Manchester and Scotland, JD Cooling Group was established in 2000. It now designs, installs and service specialist state-of-the-art systems for food industry customers all over the UK and the world.
Caption; Apprentice at Lynn-based JD Cooling, Jack Wootton, second left, who won the RAC National Student of the Year Award