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SkillELECTRIC 2011 crowns a winner

23 Sep 2011

Eighteen-year-old Adrian Canning from RMG Electrics has been crowned the 2011 SkillELECTRIC UK national champion after three days of intense practical competition at Leeds College of Building.  The finalists had to install a complicated set of four circuits with various components and equipment, simulated motors and fire protection cabling. Adrian, a student at North West Regional College in Northern Ireland, beat nine other competitors to take the gold medal after judges scored him most highly against strict criteria including positioning of equipment, functionality, installation quality, wiring and termination, inspection and testing, and health and safety.

A silver medal was awarded to Aston Baker of DPL Electrical, Otley College and JTL. Martina Waberseck of Bristol City Council and On Site Bristol took the bronze medal. Also ranking highly were Josh Day of CW Electrical Services and Ross Borland of Claud Hamilton Electrical Services, who both received special Highly Commended medals for an excellent performance.

All the finalists received a framed certificate, a medallion of participation, a selection of tools from sponsors Wiha and a training voucher from the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies. Adrian won various specialist tools from sponsor Wiha, tools and a tool bag from sponsor Monument and also received £300 cash, a trophy from SummitSkills and a gold medal from WorldSkills UK. Adrian will receive the coveted SummitSkills Award for Excellence for the Electrotechnical Operative of the Year category, which will be presented at WorldSkills London at ExCeL London on 7 October 2011.

Speaking after his win, Adrian said: “When I heard my name read out I almost couldn’t believe it – the timing was very close but I was relieved to finish the task in time, and to know that I was judged the best is great. Taking part has really helped me learn about working more efficiently and under pressure. I’d recommend anyone to take part as I’ve definitely developed some new skills.”
Neil Collishaw of SummitSkills, organiser of the competition, said: “Just watching these talented people compete has been fantastic. Aside from their obvious technical skills I have been particularly impressed by the conduct and professionalism of the competitors – they are a credit to their families and an asset to their employers.
"Adrian particularly impressed judges with his methodical approach and quality of work. His finished installation was fully functional which demonstrated his correct interpretation of the circuit requirements and ability to install them correctly.”
Next year’s SkillELECTRIC competition will open for entries in November 2011. For more information contact SummitSkills on 01908 303972 or visit  

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