The first stage of an annual UK-wide competition that sees electricians in training compete for the title of electrical apprentice of the year is almost complete.
Over 350 electrical apprentices from all over the country have taken part so far in the initial stage, supported by the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting), that consists of an online examination with 40 multiple choice-style questions to be answered.
The competition has proved to be increasingly popular in 2019, with almost 50% more applicants taking part than last year.
Group senior technical presenter for ELECSA and NICEIC, Darren Staniforth, commented:
“I’m amazed at the response we’ve had to the competition thus far, this is the best start we’ve had in the history of the competition. 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.”
A host of awards and prizes will be presented not only to winners and finalists, but also to the employers and colleges who promote their apprentices. The overall competition winner will receive a holiday voucher worth £2,000.
Stage one will officially close on December 12.The top 20% percent of the electrical students will then go on to stage two of the competition with comprises a written practical test.
Only eight finalists will progress to stage three, where they will undertake several practical tests in the final in Tamworth, Staffordshire on June 2, 2020.