The 2017 SkillELECTRIC competition, which the JIB and ECS is proud to sponsor, is now underway.
During the competition, entrants will be judged on a series of challenging practical tests in a bid to be named the 2017 SkillELECTRIC champion.
The event, designed to promote and showcase high standards and skills across the electrotechnical industry, is organised by National Electrotechnical Training (NET).
Between April and June there will be a number of regional events across the UK. Those who score most highly will progress to a 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.
18 year-old Thomas Seward has been named best young electrician in Wales, following the regional SkillELECTRIC competition held at Coleg Menais.
Thomas, an apprentice at Coleg Gwent, went up against eight other competitors in a task to install conduit and trunking with three electrical circuits. Their work had to be completed within the time limit, safely and to recognised industry standards, with a very small tolerance for errors.
Second place was awarded to Thomas Lewis of Cardiff and Vale College, while Thomas Williamson of Coleg Cambria took third place slot.
SkillELECTRIC is organised by National Electrotechnical Training (NET) and has the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) as its lead sponsor.
Jon Dicken, Technical Development Manager at NET, said: ““It was fantastic to witness so many dedicated young electricians in action from across Wales – congratulations to all who took part. We’re also very grateful to Coleg Menais for their hospitality and providing excellent facilities for the event."
Ken Unsworth, representing the JIB and ECS, also attended the event: “It was heartening to see so much young talent at this competition. The ECS is proud to sponsor such an inspiring event that showcases what can be achieved via apprentice training around the UK.“
Photos from all events will be available on the SkillELECTRIC Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/149103081@N04/albums