Apprentice contest enters final stages
The search is heating up to find the next NICEIC and ELECSA Electrical Apprentice of the Year.
Stage one of the contest has now closed with a significant rise in the number of apprentices who entered this year’s contest (up 28% on last year). The standard is also on the rise with the qualifying pass rate for the online exam (stage one) up from 65% to 70%. This year’s competition will also see more female apprentices through to Stage 2 of the competition.
Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, commented: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s competition and are really impressed at the quality of all those who entered.
“It is great to see more females taking part and this bodes well for the future of the industry.”
Open to all Level 3 students, the competition seeks to test the skills and knowledge of those candidates who put themselves forward. In the next round successful candidates will sit a two-hour written exam to be held at locations across the UK.
Eight students with the highest scores will go through to the final, where they will be required to complete a number of practical challenges over the course of the day.
The competition is sponsored by Scolmore, who is once again offering up a range of prizes including holiday vouchers worth £2000 for the winner, £750 for the runner up and £250 for third place. The eight finalists will also each receive an engraved trophy, an iPad and a ‘Van Pack’ of Scolmore products, while the college of the overall winner will receive £1000 worth of Scolmore products.
Marie Parry, Scolmore marketing director, comments: “Our aim is to build on the success of last year’s competition and these early signs are very encouraging – more entries, a higher exam pass rate and more female apprentices. This just demonstrates the wealth of talent and enthusiasm there is out there among the next generation of electricians.”