Yesterday we all said a big WELL DONE to our successful UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year winner, Luke Shield from Lakes College.
After competing last year and finishing as a regional finalist, Luke went on to be the overall winner this year.
We managed to grab a moment with him amidst the excitement of his well-deserved victory…
How did you feel when your name was announced as the winner?
So happy – I was surprised but I have worked really hard, so it was nice to see all of that effort paying off. At the start I would never have thought I would ever do it.
Who do you work for?
I work for firm called Jacob’s, which is a massive firm – one of the biggest, in fact.
What attracted you to a career in the electrical industry?
I had to pick a college course and it caught my eye. My parents thought it was a good idea, too. Now I love the job because it’s got a bit of everything.
How did you manage to get an apprenticeship?
My tutor found it for me, and it was at a small company called MB Electrical. I then went on to do an apprenticeship at Jacob’s, which has been a good place to work and a really useful learning experience.
What made you think about entering?
It’s good for your CV and it’s a good thing to be a part of generally. I was in the finals last year as a runner-up so I wanted to come back to see if I could go further and win it.
How did you cope with completing the task in the given time?
It wasn’t bad – I found it easier than last year, but that may be because I have another year’s experience under my belt now.
How did you get on with the other contestants?
I’ve found that both years were a good opportunity to talk to people who are having similar experiences to me.
What did your lecturer think of your achievement?
He’s chuffed, and it makes the college look good.
Who are you going to call first to tell them you have won?
Probably my parents because my mum will be over the moon!