Bright Sparks! Electrical Skills Competition 2019

Electrical Installation students show off their skills in cross-college competition, judged by industry-leading professionals from the E5 Group & the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), GSH Electrical and NAPIT.

Over 40 Level 1 Electrical Installation students from Hartford and Warrington campuses worked in pairs to complete an installation task as part of the college’s Electrical Skills competition.

Employers exhibiting at the competition included CEW, Wylex, Crabtree, Aico Ltd and Collingwood Lighting.

Former Great Sankey High School student Ethan Kenny-Jones was awarded 1st place, with former Weaverham High School student Jack Spruce and Ben Gerrard, from St Nicholas Catholic High School, taking joint 2nd place. James Gray and Connor Chadwick won 3rd place.

Jack Spruce said: “The competition was a great test of our skills and everything we’ve learnt on the course so far. I got to meet some of the industry’s top employers and won a tool bag with a screwdriver, pliers and side cutters.”

Competition judge Joe Robinson from GSH Electrical commented: “I’ve honestly never met such focused, well behaved and well-mannered students. They did the college incredibly proud. I would enrol my own children here without hesitation.”

Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Curriculum Manager for Electrical Installation, Dave Love, said: “We wanted to give students the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of prospective employers and industry leaders. It’s important students are encouraged to stretch their abilities, and it’s a true credit to the industry that companies joined us from across the UK to judge and exhibit at this competition.”