The eight SkillELECTRIC competitors who scored most highly across the recent national qualifying heats have been named as this year’s UK finalists. They are:
- Ben Gillin – Lloyd Morris Electrical/JTL Training
- Conor McDonnell – Nesbitt Electrical/Southern Regional College
- Danny McBean – Grants of Dufftown/SECTT
- Demi Mae Whitehead – William Davis Homes/JTL Training
- Jason Robinson – Neil Whicker Electrical Services/College of West Anglia
- Kevin Boone – Darke & Taylor/Training in Electrical
- Thomas Magee – Belfast Met College/SM Electrical
- Thomas Turner – Parker Technical Services/JTL Training
All will now take part in the UK Grand Final being held at Oldham College across the week of 13 November.
SkillELECTRIC is part of the WorldSkills UK competition framework. The event is organised by National Electrotechnical Training (NET), in conjunction with sponsors and delivery partners Electric Center, the NICEIC and Scolmore Group.
Moreover, around 50 other WorldSkills national competition finals will be taking place that week across nine venues around Greater Manchester.
To be crowned champion, competitors will have to excel in a complicated two-day practical installation task set to a strict timescale and against a rigorous marking criteria. In a first for this year, the event will also include a solar PV-related task to reflect that the core competence of a qualified electrician is the foundation from which to upskill and train in solar installation.
“We are very proud to continue to play a key role in the SkillELECTRIC competition,” adds Jake Green, Head of Technical Engagement at Scolmore Group. “It takes a lot of confidence from the contestants to put themselves forward for the competition, so I commend them. It is this confidence and determination that we need to see in the electricians of the future. The skillset we have amongst this year’s finalists is brilliant, I am looking forward to seeing what they can all demonstrate at the final in November.”
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