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Leicester College Apprentice creates sparks at UK Electrician of the Year competition



After winning the Midlands’ heat of the Sparks UK Apprentice Electrician of the Year 2011, Leicester College apprentice, Sam Henshaw was delighted to be placed second in the national final of the competition.

Putting his electrical skills to the test against NVQ level 2 and 3 apprentices from across the country, Sam was just pipped to the post in the final which took place at Swindon College on 11 and 12 May.

Sam is now preparing for the regional WorldSkills UK Electrical Installation heat taking place at Walsall College on 15 and 16 June 2011.

Having always enjoyed hands-on practical work, Sam is working towards completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation at Leicester College whilst working for Lowe Electrical based in Leicester.

Sam said: “You never know what other people’s abilities are, but I’ve enjoyed taking part in the competition.  I now have more experience and am looking forward to taking part in the WorldSkills UK competition.”

Advanced Practitioner for Construction, Neil McManus said: “Sam has shown his skills to be of the highest standard and we are extremely proud of him.  He is an example of the young talent present in the Electrical Department at Leicester College. Taking part in national competitions helps us to showcase the skills Leicester College apprentices can bring to the workplace.”

Celia Matthews, competition organiser, said: “Sam did a great job. He was totally focussed on the set task and kept his cool. He should be congratulated on his performance in the final.”

Photograph: Sam Henshaw being presented with his UK Apprentice Electrician of the Year Award 2011 by Craig Phillips of TV DIY and Big Brother fame.