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Rhys Boni wins SkillELECTRIC gold

Nov 2018 Latest News | Comments Off on Rhys Boni wins SkillELECTRIC gold

Rhys Boni, 23, has been crowned 2018 SkillELECTRIC champion after excelling in an intensive two-day practical competition at WorldSkills UK Live – the nation’s largest skills and careers event with more than 80,000 visitors.

Rhys, who trained with the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), took top marks over his fellow finalists in a complicated electrical installation task comprising four circuits with various components and equipment.

The task had to be completed within a strict timeframe and was marked against tough criteria including wiring and connection skills, inspection and testing and measuring and marking out, which had to be accurate within + 2mm.

Taking second place and a silver medal was Paul Anderson from McGill & Co Ltd, SECTT and Dundee & Angus College. Third place and a bronze medal went to Michael White of JJ Electrical and York College.

All finalists who took part received a two-channel HD CCTV kit from ESP, a professional safe isolation kit from Di-Log, an ECIR Codebreakers guide from NAPIT and a goody bag including a power bank from Unite the Union. The winning college also received £500 worth of products from Scolmore Group.

SkillELECTRIC is organised by NET, in conjunction with WorldSkills UK, and has the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) as its lead sponsor.

Speaking after his win, Rhys said: “It’s overwhelming being the gold medal winner, it still hasn’t really sunk in yet! I absolutely love what I do and always strive to put 100% into everything I do, so it was a great achievement to top off my apprenticeship.”

Martyn Walley, group technical manager at Scolmore, was one of the judges, said: “Rhys operated consistently right from the outset and throughout the competition. He was completely calm, focused and professional with the task, planning and managing the workload along with the allotted time perfectly to ensure that all items were completed as required.”