Over the forthcoming months, budding young electricians will be competing in regional heats in the hope of going forward and being named the 2016 UK SkillELECTRIC champion.
The event, organised by National Electrotechnical Training (NET) is designed to promote and showcase high standards and skills across the electrotechnical industry, and has the JIB as its lead sponsor.
Between now and July there will be a number of regional events across the UK. Those who score most highly will progress to the UK final held in November at the prestigious Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event with over 80,000 visitors.
Candidates may also have the chance to represent their country and compete internationally at future WorldSkills competitions.
"This competition is an excellent means of identifying and celebrating the best in our industry - an industry in which skills are vital," says Iain Macdonald, NET CEO. "It's an event which has always provided a platform for individuals to demonstrate their expertise and to showcase the levels of technical excellence required to work as an electrician, and I'm delighted that NET has taken on the organisation and management of the competition."
“Those who take part in SkillELECTRIC are a shining example of what today’s apprentices bring to our industry,” added Steve Brawley, Chief Executive of the JIB. “The competition is a great platform to highlight the skills, commitment and passion of our future workforce and I wish good luck to those colleges, employers and training providers taking part.”