Talented electrotechnical students are being encouraged to register for this year’s SkillELECTRIC competition. The application window is now open and runs until 24 March 2023.
The event is part of the WorldSkills UK competition network, and is designed to promote and showcase the high standards and skills across the electrotechnical industry.
During the competition, entrants will be judged on a series of challenging tests in a bid to be named the 2023 SkillELECTRIC champion.
All those who register will take part in an online, interactive app-based task which tests skills around health and safety, inspection and testing, regulations, electrical principles and installation practices and procedures.
The top scoring competitors from this stage will be invited to complete a challenging practical task at a national qualifying heat around the UK between April and June.
Those who score the highest at the live heats will progress to the UK grand final in November and beyond this, may also have the chance to represent their country and compete internationally at the next WorldSkills international event.
The event is sponsored by Electric Centre, the NICEIC and Scolmore Group, and is organised by industry charity National Electrotechnical Training (NET).
“If you’ve got a shining star in your company or classroom, why not enter them into SkillELECTRIC,” says Jennie Phung, SkillELECTRIC Project Manager. “The competition process brings so many skills back into the business, such as working efficiently under pressure, time management, precision and confidence. It also contributes to an apprentice’s ‘20% off-the-job’ training requirement which is a great benefit.”
Last year’s SkillELECTRIC gold medallist, 23-year old Craig Fairweather, says, “Anyone who enjoys being an electrician should enter this competition, it’s a great way to meet new people, show off your ability and technical skills – and compete against the best apprentices across the country.
“You’ll gain loads of additional knowledge from having to problem-solve and read drawings while trying to make sure everything is measured out correctly to the millimetre. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience to be a part of.”