NICEIC urges apprentices to enter competition

NICEIC urges apprentices to enter competition

NICEIC and ELECSA have announced that entries will close on 15 December for this year’s Apprentice of the Year competition.

More than 550 electrical apprentices have already taken the stage one exam as they bid to be crowned the next Apprentice of the Year.

Darren Staniforth, NICEIC and ELECSA’s Senior Technical presenter, said: “We have had a great response so far, but there is still time for anyone who wants to give it a go to get involved.

“As the most recognised names in the industry, NICEIC and ELECSA have a responsibility to work with, encourage and promote apprenticeships and careers in the electrical industry to the next generation.

“We have some fantastic prizes on offer, courtesy of competition partner Scolmore and it’s not just the students who get to take home all the prizes – colleges and employers can also win something so I am hopeful it will be another record breaking year.”

The competition has three stages with the final eight contestants taking part in the grand final at Scolmore’s Tamworth offices in June.

The eight finalists will each receive an iPad, with a £2,000 holiday voucher being awarded to the overall winner. There will also be two runners up prizes of a £750 holiday voucher and a £250 holiday voucher. Each finalist will also receive a Scolmore Van Pack, Trophy and NICEIC and ELECSA Goody Bag.

So far five colleges have qualified for the Scolmore College Pack by entering 20 or more students into the competition. They will receive 25 Double Sockets, 25 Switches, 25 6″ Pendants and 25 Batten Holders. The College that produces the eventual winner will also receive £1,000 worth of Scolmore products.

Marie Parry, Group Marketing Director for Scolmore Group, commented: “The competition continues to gather momentum and gain recognition throughout the industry. Students, lecturers, trainers and employers all recognise the opportunity and value it brings.”

Last year 21-year-old Zach Swift from North Star Electric, Glasgow, was chosen as the 2018 Apprentice of the Year. Zach said: “The competition is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your ability. It doesn’t cost anything to apply and I would say to anyone who is thinking about entering to just go for it.”

Students have until 15 December to take part and can complete the first stage by visiting,

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