Sentinel Business Awards Apprentice of the Year

The Sentinel Business Awards – Apprentice of the Year Award

Matthew Banks an apprentice automotive technician at XJK Independent Jaguar Specialist was recently shortlisted in the Apprentice of the Year category of The Sentinel Business Awards.The awards were announced at  a black tie dinner for 420 guests, at the King’s Hall in Stoke on the evening of Tuesday, 25th March 2014, to which Matthew was invited along with Gavin Jones (Owner of XJK) and Ian Kelsall (Chief Mechanic at XJK).


Pictured above at the awards, from left to right: Ian Kelsall (XJK’s Chief Mechanic), Matthew Banks (XJK’s Apprentice of the Yea) and Gavin Jones (XJK’s Owner).

XJK put Matthew forward for this award in recognition of his commitment and determination to succeed in his chosen career.  Matthew has never failed to impress the team at XJK, from his initial approach to XJK to his commitment to learn the highly intricate workings of a prestigious make of car, and the success of achieving continued certification within the industry.  To reach the final stages of Apprentice of the Year, Matthew also received support from the prestigious  Jaguar Enthusiast’s Club, highlighting that he is keen to support both the Jaguar Enthusiast’s Club and XJK by regularly attending national events, even though such activities have involved weekend working and travel.XJK were delighted that Matthew was presented with the runner-up award and along with this honour he received a plaque and a bottle of champagne. The training college which he attends have also recognised his hard work and success by presenting him with two VIP tickets for Stoke City’s next game.  This achievement celebrates what is best in business excellence both for Matthew and XJK Independent Jaguar Specialist.

Matthew has proved to be a shining example, and winning apprentice of the year would be the icing on the cake and would say out loud to every apprentice at Stoke on Trent College and elsewhere, that through hard work, fortitude, courtesy and self-belief anything is possible!

XJK’s  Apprentice of the year , Matthew Banks, would like to thank everyone who contributed to his nomination, with particular thanks to all the team at XJK who have supported him.


April 2014