Twenty-year-old Stuart Graham has been named the UK’s best young electrician after winning the SkillELECTRIC grand final at the NEC in Birmingham.
Stuart, who runs his own business, Graham Electrical, won the competition after scoring top marks in a two-day electrical installation task, which had to be completed in line with industry standards against a strict timeframe.
He qualified for his place in the final after winning his regional heat in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, which saw him compete in a five-hour practical challenge against 12 other apprentices from the area.
Stuart said, ‘The final was very tough but it was a great experience. I’d recommend taking part in this competition to anyone who might be thinking about it for next year – it’s a great way of testing your skills.’
Jon Dicken, organiser of the 2016 SkillELECTRIC competitions alongside WorldSkills UK congratulated Stuart, adding, ‘These competitions provide a platform to highlight the skill required to become an electrician and the opportunities a career in this industry can offer.’
WorldSkills UK competitions are proven to enhance a person’s apprenticeship or training programme by enabling them to develop key character and employability skills.