AN APPRENTICE is vying for a national title after winning a regional gong.

Myles Nagle, from Basingstoke, has been named Electrical Apprentice of the Year in the South West by national not-for-profit training provider, JTL.

Myles will join seven other regional winners to contest JTL’s National Apprentice of the Year title in London in June.

Myles’s win, which saw him beat off stiff competition from a large number of final year apprentices in the region, was announced at a Celebratory Event held recently at the Revolution Bar in Bristol.

The Celebratory Event brings together JTL’s learners, plus their families and friends, to celebrate their completion of a four-year long building services engineering apprenticeship.

Myles is employed by Lowe & Oliver in Southampton.

His training officer during his apprenticeship through JTL was Nick Amy who said: “Myles has given huge commitment to the completion of his apprenticeship.

“He has shown a hunger to learn and advance his own career not normally seen with most apprentices. He completed his inspection and testing 2394/5 in his second year which is almost unheard of.

"He also attended night school and has completed Plumbing Level 2 so he is already well on the way to becoming multi-skilled.”

Myles said. “I knew I had been nominated for the award but didn’t really believe I had a chance. It’s been really rewarding working my way through an apprenticeship and I’ve done it my way, which was the only way that made sense to me, so it’s even more rewarding that others think I maybe did things the right way too!”

Jon Graham, chief executive at JTL, said: “Myles has excelled at every stage and deserves enormous congratulations. I know our team in the region now have their fingers and toes firmly crossed for Myles’s success in our national final.”