Vital Net Zero Apprentice Takes Double Honours at BESA Industry Awards

It’s been another fantastic night for our Net Zero Apprentices, with Aidan Whetham scooping two of the top honours at this year’s BESA Industry Awards 2023.

Aidan, who is in the 2nd year of his Building Services Engineering Technician apprenticeship claimed the BSE Technician/Project Engineer Apprentice category and was then named as the overall BESA National Apprentice of the Year Award.

Held in London this year, the BESA awards are one of the most prestigious in the industry and recognise outstanding achievements in the field of building services, celebrating exceptional apprentices and their talents.


Aidan Whetham after his double win at the BESA Industry Awards 2023

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I know there are lots of talented apprentices who enter this award, so winning one award was fantastic, but to win the overall National Apprentice category as well is a genuine surprise. I’ve had the privilege of working on a range of renewable energy projects so far and it’s a great feeling to know I’m contributing to the decarbonisation of the UK. I’m passionate about the industry, and the impact I can make, so this award is a real honour for me."

Aidan Whetham - Net Zero Apprentice, Vital Energi

Jenny Jackson, Vital Energi’s Resource Manager commented, “This was a wonderful night.  Being around so many talented apprentices in one place is a great advertisement for the building services industry and can’t help but make you feel optimistic about our Net Zero future.

“I’m delighted for Aidan as, not only does he excel in his apprenticeship, but has also become a STEM ambassador, speaking in schools and attending recruitment events.  He’s having a real impact on improving the profile of the industry and raising awareness of careers in engineering which is a valuable contribution.”

Ibrahim Qadir, another of Vital Energi’s Net Zero Apprentices also made it to the BESA awards finals having previously been awarded the Ken Dale Travel Bursary to visit foreign countries and investigate the opportunities for artificial intelligence in buildings.

Rounding off a fantastic night for our apprentices, Harvey Hudson, who was named CIBSE Apprentice of the Year, returned to speak on a panel at the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards, discussing the importance of apprenticeships.

Congratulations to all our Net Zero Apprentices who have made 2023 another memorable year!