SPARKS has begun the search for the UK’s best electrical student.

The SPARKS Learner of the Year competition sees a return to a live format in January.

Now in its 13th year, the competition provides a platform for apprentice and student electricians to show off their skills at the very start of their career.

Level 2 and 3 students will compete across six regions between January and February – South West, Wales, North East, North West, South East and Midlands.

The winner of each heat will go on to compete against one another in the grand final, which takes place at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Hub in Coventry on 27th – 28th April. Along with the prestige for the student and college for winning a national competition, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Finalist Will Durston West College South West

The competitors will be judged on a number of practical tasks by the official judges of the competition, NAPIT’s Technical Team.

Last year’s winner was Tom Tyler, a 21-year old apprentice electrician from City of Wolverhampton College. Commenting on why students should enter the 2022 competition, Tom said: “It gives you an opportunity to show off what you do day-to-day on a national scale, sort of challenge yourself, and pushes you out of your comfort zone.”

SPARKS Learner of the year 2021 Tom Tyler City of Wolverhampton College

Running alongside SPARKS Learner of the Year will be the Meet the Manufacturer series, which gives manufacturers the chance to update lecturers on the latest industry and product innovations.

Zoë Tanner, Managing Director at SPARKS Magazine, said: “We’re thrilled that SPARKS Learner of the Year is returning in its original live format for 2022. Now more than ever is the time to support the next generation of electrical talent and we can’t wait to see what the competition brings.”

NAPIT and SPARKS Technical Team

Tom Gillam, Electrician Channel Manager at Schneider Electric, the Learner of the Year Platinum sponsor, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the next generation of electricians, and fully support the work SPARKS is doing with apprentices across the UK.” 

SPARKS Magazine Team Photo

SPARKS Learner of the Year 2022 is sponsored by Schneider Electric, Electric Center, DeWalt Ideal Industries EMEA, The IET, Prysmian, VW Commercial Vehicles, Blaklader and NAPIT.

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