18 year-old Thomas Seward has been named best young electrician in Wales, following the regional SkillELECTRIC competition held at Coleg Menai
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.
The highest scoring competitors from the event now have the chance to compete to be named SkillELECTRIC UK champion at the UK grand final in November. The event is held at the prestigious Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC, the UK’s largest skills and careers show with over 80,000 visitors.
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 Menai for their hospitality and providing excellent facilities for the event.”
Ken Unsworth, representing the 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.“
Competitors from the 2017 SkillELECTRIC event could also potentially go forward and represent the UK in Russia during 2019 at the biennial WorldSkills event – the world’s largest skills competition.