Jersey Electricity’s young high-flyers celebrate Construction Awards ‘Double’

Two young Jersey Electricity employees were honoured at this year's Construction Council Awards at the Hotel de France on Saturday. Stuart Gray, 32, walked off with the Ogier Industry Achiever Award, while Jonathan Frain, 22, won the Harsco Infrastructure Apprentice of the Year.

Stuart is a Senior Building Service Engineer with Jersey Energy, Jersey Electricity's independent environmental building services design and energy consultants. Educated at De La Salle College and Highlands College, Stuart has been with the Company since 2009 and has worked on many complex projects, including the States' Energy from Waste plant, the award winning Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Visitor Centre and JT's Data Centre.

He made headlines earlier this year when he was again honoured by the Construction Council with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction Studies, having obtained the highest ever grades at Highlands for an HNC in Building Studies. Supported throughout his studies by Jersey Energy, he got married in April and is continuing his professional development by undertaking his MSc in Building Services Engineering with University of London South Bank.

Stuart said: 'I am extremely proud to receive this award and thank the Jersey Energy team and my new wife Michelle for all their support. I hope it is seen as a reflection of the excellent training opportunities available on the Island and within our industry, along with the highly skilled tradesmen, engineers and consultants who helped create the awesome projects nominated for this year's Construction Awards.'

Jonathan is one of only two maintenance joiners employed by Jersey Electricity in its Civil Works Division. Educated at Grainville School and Highlands, Jonathan joined Jersey Electricity as an apprentice in 2008, having completed one-year Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Construction that included a unit on 'Exploring Carpentry and Joinery'.

His supervisor Neal Vautier said: 'With almost 800 substations to maintain as well as huge sites at La Collette and The Powerhouse, Jonathan's role is extremely varied. He has a tremendous attitude to work and learning and we're all delighted the Construction Council recognised his efforts with this award.'

JE CEO Chris Ambler said: 'We are committed to supporting staff in training and development throughout all our business areas. These two awards are great achievements for both recipients and demonstrate how important it is to give young people the opportunities to obtain the training and qualifications necessary for businesses to stay at the cutting edge in future years.'