The SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition is in full swing, with six of the seven regional heats already completed.

SPARKS Magazine has travelled to colleges in Newcastle, Burnley, Devon, Swansea, Leicester and West Hertfordshire so far in their quest to find this year’s winner.

Only one more regional heat will take place in Northern Ireland at Belfast Metropolitan College before the Grand Final which will be held on 11th and 12th April at the 3M Customer Innovation Centre.

Here is the list of finalists so far:

North East – Tom Burdett, York College

North West – Kane Barker, Burnley College

South West – Luc Mathlin, DCET Training

Wales – Jay Popham, Gower College Swansea

Midlands – Jacob Robinson, Leicester College

South East – Matt Taylor, Farnborough College

There will be eight finalists in total attending the two-day final, which will consist of all seven regional heat winners and the highest overall scorer.

Alongside the prestige for both student and college of winning a UK competition, there’s a fantastic list of prizes up for grabs which have all been donated by well known industry names including Platinum sponsor Schneider Electric, Gold sponsor CEF, Silver sponsor Knipex and Bronze sponsors 3M and Hitachi.

The date of the remaining heat is as follows:

Northern Ireland – Belfast Metropolitan College, Wednesday 28th February

Competition judge Darren Oates, External Quality Assurer at EAL, said: “The skill set we have seen so far already this year has been phenomenal and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next regions bring to the table. Well done to all of those who have competed so far, and good luck to those in the upcoming regional heats.”