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2018 apprentice winner praised by Scottish Parliament

Jul 2018 General, Latest News, Training | Comments Off on 2018 apprentice winner praised by Scottish Parliament

Helensburgh-based Zach Swift, who was crowned winner of the 2018 NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year competition, has been applauded in the Scottish Parliament.

Helensburgh’s MSP Jackie Baillie lodged a members motion at Holyrood, which has been supported by 10 MSPs, congratulating Zach and wishing him well in his future career.

The 21-year-old was one of eight competitors to reach the Grand Final, which was held at the head office premises of Scolmore Group.

Whittled down from more than 650 entrants, the eight finalists were put through a gruelling day of challenges comprising nine separate tasks designed to assess their abilities across a range of disciplines including testing, fault finding, conduit bending, tray manufacturing and safe isolation, as well as a virtual reality test. Each candidate also had to undergo an interview with Certsure’s technical standards director Alan Wells.

Zach said: “When my name was called I don’t think I’ve ever been so surprised, I was ecstatic. I never thought I would even pass the first stage, let alone win the overall title. After completing the competition tasks and awaiting the results I really doubted whether I had done well enough. The quality of the work that the rest of the guys were producing was fantastic so when I heard my name called out, I was staggered.

“Being involved in the whole competition process has already given me more confidence in my work ability and I’m extremely proud of myself for what I have achieved. I plan to keep pushing forward and keep challenging myself to continue to improve more and more.”

As the overall winner, Zach was presented with a holiday voucher worth £2,000. All eight finalists were given an engraved glass trophy, an iPad and a kit bag containing an array of Scolmore’s electrical accessories.

Every college that entered 20 students or more for the competition received a Scolmore College Pack containing a variety of Scolmore products, while the college of the overall winner – West College Scotland – will receive £1,000 worth of Scolmore products.

Darren Staniforth, training development manager at NICEIC & ELECSA, said: “The competition is now in its third year and the standards are improving each year. Through this competition, we want to show the apprentices what a rewarding and diverse career they can have within the electrical sector.”