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Edinburgh electrician impresses at NICEIC Apprentice of the Year

Jun 2017 Latest News, Training | Comments Off on Edinburgh electrician impresses at NICEIC Apprentice of the Year

Edinburgh electrician Michael Costello finished runner-up in this year’s NICEIC Apprentice of the Year contest. The 25-year-old beat off competition from more than 400 entrants to find the UK’s best apprentice spark.

Michael, who is employed by building services firm Arthur McKay commented: “I am over the moon to have got as far I did. The competition was intense and an amazing experience. It is a lovely way to round off all the hard work over the last few years.”

Eight students made it through to the Grand Final of the competition, which took part at the headquarters of competition sponsor Scolmore Group in Tamworth.

The finalists were put through a gruelling day of challenges designed to assess their ability across a range of disciplines including testing, fault finding, conduit bending, tray manufacturing and safe isolation. This year’s final also included a Virtual Reality task, followed by an interview with NICEIC technical standards director Alan Wells.

The winner and runners up were presented with their prizes during a ceremony and BBQ at the Belfry Hotel. Overall winner George Maynard was presented with a holiday voucher worth £2,000, while Michael received a holiday voucher worth £750. Third-placed Billy Stapleton, 20, from Essex received a £250 holiday voucher. All eight finalists were given an engraved glass trophy, an iPad and a kit bag of Scolmore electrical accessories.

Handing over the prizes was Alan Wells, Scolmore Group managing director Gary Mordue and star of TV’s DIY SOS Billy Byrne.

Mike Stark, operations director at Arthur McKay, added: “We are very proud of Michael and all he has achieved. He has been with us for four years and has always stood out as someone with a real talent and desire to do well. All of our apprentices get good training on site and we try to encourage them to go as far as they can. This will look good on Michael’s CV.”

The journey to the Electrical Apprentice of the Year finals day involved a number of stages. The first stage was an online exam comprising a variety of questions relating to electrical installations. The top 20% performing students from this stage then progressed to stage two – a practical one and a half hour exam paper, which was held at six locations across the UK. The eight students with the highest marks then battled it out in the Grand Final.

Michael, who recently got married, is planning to use his holiday voucher to take his wife away for their honeymoon. “We were planning to go away to Florida next year so the holiday voucher will be very useful.

“After that, I just plan on getting more experience in this industry. I have had great support by all the team at Arthur McKay and I couldn’t have made it this far without their help.”