Luke Shield Wins Renowned Apprentice of the Year Competition

Electrical Installation Apprentice Luke Shield has been announced as Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 Sparks Magazine competition. The Lakes College student competed against seven other Apprentices from colleges across the UK in the finals in Leicestershire to win first place.

Luke, an Apprentice with Jacobs, earned his place in the finals after coming first in the North West regional heats in February. He completed a series of challenges which he had trained for both in college and in the workplace, winning £1,300 of test equipment, course text books and various pieces of kit, plus £1,000 worth of test equipment for the college.

The Sparks Magazine Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition is now in its seventh year, with the 2016 event being the toughest yet. The competition brings together students, lecturers, employers, industry leaders and manufacturers, giving Apprentices a platform to showcase their skills. Competitors are assessed on both their practical and technical merits by a number of expert judges.

Luke, 21 from Cleator comments “This is the second time I’ve competed in the finals so I really wanted to come back and see if I could go further. I worked really hard and definitely feel like I’ve developed my skills during the process, so I was really pleased that it paid off. The competition is a good addition to my CV and my employer has been supportive in my training so it was definitely a worthwhile experience.

Lakes College Principal Chris Nattress comments ”I am thrilled that Luke has won such a prestigious award at a national level. It is a tribute that is to his skills, dedication, and the support from college staff and his employers. Having exceptional Apprentices like Luke, who is developing world-class skills in the patch, has great value and benefits to our local economy. Our students are going from strength to strength in national and international competitions and they are raising the bar all round.