Kurt’s such a Bright Spark!!

Unitas Apprentice of the Year Award for Stoke Apprentice Electrician


An apprentice electrician from Stoke has been named Unitas’ Apprentice of the Year and winner of the Tracey Chattin Award.

Kurt Bell, 24, was chosen by a judging panel of Unitas board members including Unitas Director, Wayne Booth. The panel were impressed by his outstanding knowledge of electrical regulations, his eagerness to understand them, and how to apply them in his practical work.

The award was presented by Lord Mayor Chandra Kanneganti, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader, Abi Brown and Director, Wayne Booth at a socially distanced ceremony.

Kurt also helped the Unitas team with the development of the vaccine roll-out facility in Tunstall – working extra time on weekends to ensure it could be handed over to the NHS in time.

Unitas carried out the installation of key infrastructure at the warehouse to create a functional and safe environment to administer the coronavirus vaccine in just over two months, with help from hard-working staff like Kurt.

Wayne Booth, Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Director and one of the judges for Apprentice of the Year, said: “Kurt has proved to be an exceptional asset to the Unitas team. He is dedicated, hardworking and demonstrates his eagerness to continually improve by taking every opportunity that he can.”

“Unitas is committed to developing all of their apprentices and places great value on the importance of them within the business. We are always delighted to see that Unitas has continued to be an employer of choice for apprenticeships each year with the number and standard of applications rising year on year which, in turn, is testament to the excellent reputation that Unitas has developed,”

Unitas board members, Dr Simon Cupples and Nic Cox, were also part of the judging panel.

Unitas Stoke-on-Trent currently have 19 apprentices working across Stoke-on-Trent, including electricians, plumbers, gas engineers, business administrators, health and safety and accountants – with seven of them nominated for the Tracey Chattin Award.

They will be taking on up to four new Business Administration apprentices this September and plan to develop their existing apprentices by offering further qualifications and growth in their roles.

The Tracey Chattin Award was set up in 2019 in memory of former Unitas Corporate Social Responsibility Co-ordinator, Tracey, who played an integral role in setting up the 2019 apprenticeship scheme.


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