An electrical apprentice from Camborne is representing the South West at a national apprenticeship competition to be held in Bracknell next month.
Leading industry publication SPARKS Magazine, which hosts the competition, has visited seven regions of the UK on a quest to find the 2018 SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year with all eight finalists now confirmed.
Apprentice Alister Bawden, who took park at the South West regional final in January, became the highest runner-up overall scorer, securing his place at the prestigious national final.
Eddy Dawson, Cornwall College, Electrical Tutor said he was “particularly pleased for Alister”.
“He joined Cornwall College as a Level 2 full-time student progressing onto his Level 3. He continually demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for the subject and quickly managed to secure an apprenticeship with M.V.Clatworthy, where he is a valued member of their team.”
Cornwall College is recognised as the number one trainer for trade skills in Cornwall and Devon by the CITB, has regularly had students win regional competitions and takes part in national awards.
Alister said he “thoroughly enjoys” his work.
“I particularly like trying to solve issues, making good any necessary repairs and faults,” he continued.
“This competition puts all of my skill sets and knowledge to the test, thankfully I have some of the best tutors around who always give me plenty of advice and practical support.”
Eddy explained that every student entered into the competition is assigned a member of staff to act as a mentor.
“I was lucky enough to be chosen and together we have been on an extraordinary journey,” he said.
“With over thirty years’ experience working in the industry, I’m able to quickly advise and offer support at the competition venues.
“From day one Alister showed tremendous potential and his achievement should be a beacon to all other full-time students, demonstrating that great things can happen with the right application. I know that the whole electrical team are routing for Alister and we wish him all the best.”
Alister said he was really looking forward to the national finals.
“I was so pleased to learn that my score was actually better than some of the regional winners,” he added.
“I’d like to thank my employer and Eddy for their continued support and I’ll go to Bracknell hoping to do well to make it all worth it.”