TWO EAL learners have been crowned best young electricians in their regions – after winning the opening SkillELECTRIC heats.

The pair – both undertaking EAL NVQ3 Electrotechnical qualifications – outshone their competition in the South of England and Welsh regional heats.

Luke Mayor, from Cardiff and Vale College and employed at Scenic Services, took first in Wales, beating eight other competitors from around the country. The competition attracted a stellar crowd, with the First Minister and Deputy Minister of Wales in attendance.

Meanwhile Matt Doe, from Bridgwater College and employed at Watts & Stephens, beat 13 others in the South of England, racking up the highest score on the day. Running alongside the regional Skills Show Experience, the competition was watched by more than 1,700 young people.

Luke, 19, said: “I couldn’t quite believe it when I heard my name. You’re never sure how well you’ve done so I’m over the moon to have won. And to know I’m the best in Wales is an added bonus! Well done to all the other lads as well and thank you to my college and employer for their help.”

Matt, 19, added: “It’s a brilliant feeling to be named the winner – the competition was very tough but I enjoyed being tested to my best ability. I’m looking forward to the next stage and thanks to my college for their support so far.”

Julia Chippendale, Managing Director of EAL, said: “Congratulations to Luke and Matt on winning their regional heats. I am very proud to be able to say both winners in the opening SkillELECTRIC competitions are undertaking EAL Level 3 Electrotechnical qualifications.

“It is testament to their hard work, as well as the hard work of their tutors and colleges. With them, we are able to run and support learners through these rigorous, industry recognised qualifications, giving them the skills to compete on a national stage.”

The final two English regional heats will take place next month, followed by the SkillELECTRIC UK final, when the highest scoring candidates from across the UK will compete in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the prestigious Skills Show in Birmingham in November.

To find out more about the competition visit the JIB website.

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