A talented young design engineer at Birmingham building services provider J S Wright has won a major accolade after being recognised as one of the industry’s future leaders.


James Owen, who completed his higher level apprenticeship with the company last year, was highly commended for the prestigious Alfred Manly Management Award.

The national award celebrates the achievements of young engineers that are judged to be capable of progressing to a senior role within building engineering services.

The 23-year-old from Solihull received his certificate from BBC TV Presenter Gavin Hewitt in the presence of Margaret Manly of the Alfred Manly Trust at the annual general meeting of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Having gained qualifications at the highest level and continued to voluntarily guide and mentor younger engineers, James was singled out by the selection panel for his “experience, maturity and obvious passion for the industry”.

After joining J S Wright’s Aston head office in 2011, James passed his BTEC Level 3 course in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) at South & City Birmingham College with Double Grade Distinction Merit, and went on to achieve his BTEC Higher National Certificate in Building Services Engineering also with Merit.

He is now on a course at Coventry University that will result in him being the first former J S Wright apprentice to gain a BEng degree in Building Services Engineering.

James, whose brother Tom has also joined J S Wright as an apprentice, won the company’s Apprentice of the Year Award in 2015 and is currently working on the designs for an 84-bed care home in Kenilworth and the 441-luxury apartment Keybridge development in London.

Paul Millington, J S Wright Associate Director and Leader of the J S Wright Academy, said: “James is an inspiration not only to our younger engineers but also to all those across the building services industry and thoroughly deserves his success.

“As well as continuing to develop his engineering knowledge and management skills, he is always willing to encourage and guide the next generation of building services engineers.”

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