The seven regional finalists have been announced in the SPARKS 2023 Learner of the Year competition. The SPARKS Learner of the Year aims to seek the best up-and-coming talent in the electrical industry, in association with Luceco Lighting, the lighting sponsor of the competition.

The regional heats were carried out across England and Wales throughout January and February, seeing twelve Level 2 and 3 electrical students from colleges in each region, compete in a live practical test.

The seven winning finalists will be going through to the grand final in Coventry, on 26th and 27th April 2023, for a chance to win this coveted award.

The seven regional finalists are:

  • South West – Matthew Cripps, Focus Training – Exeter Centre
  • Wales – Duncan Kinnaird, Cardiff and Vale College
  • North East – Max Gardner, Darlington College
  • North West – Connor Stickland, Bury College
  • Midlands – Nathan Pawsey, Cambridge Regional
    Midlands – Liam Davis, JTL Training
  • South East – Sam Mackenzie, Farnborough College

Many of the past SPARKS Learner of the Year competitors have gone on to accomplish further achievements, confirming this competition provides a significant stepping-stone for those looking to carve a name for themselves in the industry.

Luceco Lighting, who design and manufacture leading lighting solutions are supporting the competition, ensuring they have the backing they need to reward and champion the rising stars of electrical contractors, which is integral for the future of our industry.

Dedicated to supporting the next generation of electricians and to be the lighting sponsor for this year’s competition, their popular products, the Castra floodlight and the Mosi Bulkhead, have been used as part of the assessment in the heats and will be used in the final stage of the competition.

Simon Shenton, Head of LED at Luceco Lighting, is attending the final of the competition as a judge. He will be assessing the final seven candidates and their performance, to offer his insight into who should be crowned the SPARKS Learner of the Year 2023.

Commenting on the upcoming final, Simon said: “Congratulations to the seven finalists on their wins in the regional heats. It is an incredible achievement and we have been blown away by the level of talent we have seen so far.

We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the competition this year as lighting sponsor, and I am thrilled to be part of the judging process to recognise emerging stars. This competition is an excellent way to promote the careers of electrical contractors as early as possible and to showcase their skills and talent.”

Zoe Tanner, Managing Director at SPARKS, said: “Congratulations to all seven finalists and to everyone who competed this year across the six regional heats. It is an incredible achievement

to be representing your colleges. We’re thrilled to see SPARKS Learner of the Year grow year on year, and it’s encouraging to see the competition being supported by so many big names from the industry. It’s a fantastic way for young electricians to build their confidence and take pride in their hard work.

Now more than ever is the time to support the next generation of the industry. We are thrilled that SPARKS Learner of the Year is being supported by so many big names in the industry and we are thankful that Luceco Lighting  are our lighting sponsor this year.”

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