PEME electrical apprentice, Connor Mills, has taken part in the WorldSkills UK Competition held at the NEC near Birmingham. Connor is a second year apprentice studying for a NVQ level 3 qualification in electrical installation.
Connor competed in the Industrial Electrical Installation competition which is part of the WorldSkills UK Portfolio, run by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with organisations from industry and education. WorldSkills UK Competitions reward real talent and drive up levels of expertise in further education, skills and Apprenticeships. The competitions enable organisations to expand the skills base of their employees and share best practice within industry. For individuals, competing is a great way to grow confidence and showcase their potential to current and future employers.
Connor did extremely well and had to undertake a series of practical and theory tests based on real life work, which tested his abilities in the following skills:
- Efficient use of materials, interpreting drawings and wiring details.
- Measuring, marking out and cutting conduit.
- Trunking and cable.
- Wiring and connecting switches.
- Control devices and consumer appliances.
- Testing circuits for continuity.
- Insulation, resistance and polarity.
- Working safely.
Connor said: “I knew the task that I would be asked to do was going to be tough in the time provided. With this in mind, I was quite anxious in the days running up to it. However, once I was there I didn’t get a chance to be nervous as there were so many different things happening around me. I took it as a huge compliment that I had been recognised to compete in such a national contest along with some of the best electrical apprentices in the UK. Even though I didn’t win, the day was still a personal achievement just knowing that I was a contender. It was such an enjoyable experience and I would fully recommend it to anyone that is given the opportunity to participate in the future.”
Richard Rollings attended the event, as Connors mentor. He stated: “Connor showed a high level of maturity and was a great ambassador for PEME. He put in a huge effort and I’m very pleased with how well he did. Well done Connor!”