Award sparks career of third generation

Electrodec staff ,Matthew Jackson with his award,Amy Stead,Julia Dash,Charlotte Cook,Jessica Hodgson, David Jackson.Picture Richard Ponter 123422
Electrodec staff ,Matthew Jackson with his award,Amy Stead,Julia Dash,Charlotte Cook,Jessica Hodgson, David Jackson.Picture Richard Ponter 123422

A family run electrical firm is facing a bright future after its third generation electrician won a top award.

Electrodec, in Victoria Road, has been run by the Jackson family since 1964.

Now apprentice electrician Matthew Jackson, the grandson of the businesses’ founder Peter Jackson, has been named apprentice of the year.

Matthew, 22, won the accolade in his final year qualifying to be an electrician at JLT training college in Malton.

Electrodec director David Jackson, who it Peter’s son and Matthew’s father, said: “Matthew joined us four years ago an apprentice. He has been very good for the business and I have enjoyed working with him.

“We are all very proud of him being named apprentice of the year.

“His grandma and grandad were very proud when he joined the company. They were delighted to know the business they had created was going to carry on with another generaton. If they were around today they would be delighted with his award.”

Mr Jackson said it is important to him to know the business, which specialises in lighting, has a future.

He added: “There’s not point just doing something for the sake of it, you have to want to do it and be good at doing it, and Matt fits that criteria.

“If you are going to do something you have to do it properly and he had done that excellently and we are very proud of him.”

Speaking about joining Electrodec, Matthew Jackson said: “I always thought I would end up in the business, it’s something I grew up with. My grandad and my dad worked together all the time and I always knew I would follow in that pattern.

“I was really pleased to be named apprentice of the year. I really enjoy the work so was happy to get the award. I have enjoyed working with my dad, and he has been very supportive while I have been studying. I am no looking forward to a long future with the business hopefully.”