Daniel Townsend Nominated for Renowned Apprentice of the Year Competition

A local student from Lakes College has qualified for a prestigious UK apprentice competition. Daniel Townsend is studying his level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical Services and is currently an apprentice with WIise Contracting Group Ltd in Maryport. He was put forward for the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition by his lecturer, Clinton Stamper.

Daniel will be taking part in one of seven regional heats to be held across January, February and March next year. He will be up against apprentices and students from around the rest of the UK, including Northern Ireland, and competing for a place in the Grand Final to be held on 8th and 9th March at the 3M Customer Innovation Centre in Bracknell. The UK competition is organised every year by SPARKS Magazine for level 2 or 3 students.

Daniel, 20, from Whitehaven comments “This competition will stand me in good stead for the future. The prizes you get for winning will help me to further my career in electrical installations.”

Clinton Stamper, electrical installation tutor, comments, “Daniel has done really well. We always keep an eye out for students with potential and Daniel has proven to us that he’s more than capable of winning the competition. He’s a really neat and careful worker. It is a brilliant thing for him to achieve, and if he can win this year, it will make it the second year in a row that a Lakes College student has won the competition.”

Former Lakes College student, Luke Shield, won last year’s SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition.

Daniel’s employer, Peter Wise, Director of Wise Contracting Group Ltd comments, “We at Wise Contracting are immensely proud of Daniel being nominated.  As an apprentice Dan is a very hard working individual and a valued member of our team.  We wish him every success in the competition.”

Apart from the prestige of being crowned the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year, the winner is set to walk away with prizes worth over £8000 from the competition’s sponsors and contributing manufacturers who are all major industry names, including Platinum sponsor Schneider Electric.

“Students get a lot out of the competition,” said Natacha Fielding, Event Manager. “They make new friends, gain confidence in their abilities and enjoy the challenge of the competition.”

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