Press release and photograph courtesy of Working Word
A student from Gower College Swansea has scooped the top prize in a quest to find Wales’ best young electrical installer.
Lewis Riordan, 16, from Gowerton and a Level 2 Electrotechnical Technology student at Gower College Swansea, battled it out with finalists from across Wales to be named winner in the Skills Competition Wales electrical instillation competition.
Lewis set his sights on a career as an electrician from a young age and a work experience stint with a local electrician confirmed it was the job for him. With this in mind Lewis enrolled at Gower College Swansea after completing his GCSEs. Now six months into his course and with a gold medal under his belt, his aim is to complete his studies with the end goal of setting up his own business.
To achieve his place in the prestigious all-Wales final, which was held at Gower College Swansea, Lewis competed in the South Wales heat of the electrical instillation competition in February, following a top three finish he then earned his place in the prestigious final.
Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund, Skills Competition Wales promotes the importance of developing a highly skilled workforce. The electrical instillation arm of the competition is run by Gower College Swansea.
Lewis said: “My tutor at college told me about the competition, it sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a go and I’m really glad I did. It was a great way of testing my skills against others across Wales who take similar courses, I’m really chuffed to have won, it’s a big confidence boost and will look great on my CV.”
Lewis and the other competitors took part in practical and theory tests, including the interpretation of drawings and wiring details, the construction and testing of full working circuits and measurement and marking of trunking cable while being judged on their efficient use of materials while working safely.
Skills Competition Wales aims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as electrical instillation automotive engineering, aerospace, construction skills, catering, accountancy, media, and information technology. It involves colleges, Sector Skills Councils and training providers holding competitions across Wales.
Skills Competition Wales offers learners the chance to test, benchmark and raise their skills levels and provides valuable competition experience for those who enter and progress onto WorldSkills UK competitions. For employers, competitions not only help drive up the quality in apprenticeships and vocational education, but also motivate employees to achieve success.
The Welsh Government is encouraging businesses and skills providers in Wales to get involved, promote and support Skills Competition Wales and WorldSkills competitions.
Jeff Cuthbert, Deputy Minister for Skills, said: “I congratulate Lewis on his success. These competitions provide an excellent opportunity to stretch the abilities of up and coming skilled workers from many important sectors of the economy and encourage them to benchmark their skill against others in Wales and UK or international competitors.
“It is vital that our workforce has the very highest skills and that we continue to strive for excellence across all sectors to ensure Wales can compete on the international stage.”
For more information about Skills Competitions Wales and WorldSkills UK please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/wales