The search has begun for the 2021 SPARKS Learner of the Year!
Tom Tyler (Wolverhampton College)
Marcus Fair (Sunderland College)
Simeon Farrar (York College)
Adam Pitcher (Oldham College)
Alexander Dransfield (Oldham College)
Charlie Spooner (Activate Learning, Guildford College)
James Gaskell (Farnborough College of Technology)
Morgan Dennis (The Focus Training Group)
Will Durston (Weston College)
Ieuan Jones (Coleg Gwent – Pontypool)
Lewis Sillitoe (Gower College Swansea)
As well as the prestige that comes from winning the competition, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs, with every competitor receiving a certificate for taking part.
Alex Rendall, of Bridgwater & Taunton College, won the 2020 competition. Alex, who won the competition at his third attempt after entering in the previous two years, said: “I’m over the moon, really happy. All the hard work was worth it. There are fantastic prizes on offer, it’s a great experience to meet new people and you get to work with products you might not work with on a day-to-day basis. It’s great to build your confidence, as you get the plans in the morning and have to keep calm and figure out how you’re going to do it.”
You can check out the 2020 regional test here.
If you’re a lecturer and have a Level 2 or 3 student you’d like to enter into the 2021 competition, send us your email address below and we’ll get in touch with the details!
Competitors will be sent the online test
Deadline for completing online test
12 semi-finalists will be notified and sent an exercise pack to complete
Final (South West, Wales, South East)
Final (Midlands, North West, North East)
“Myself and Will were made to feel extremely welcome and had a great time. The experience for the students is invaluable and Will appreciated all of the prizes he received for the regionals and final. As a lecturer it was also good to meet up and chat with fellow lecturer’s to compare opinions.”
“It’s a great thing to have on your CV. If an employer is making a decision between someone who has entered a competition as prestigious as this, and someone who hasn’t, it’s a big thing to have.”
“Meet the Lecturer allows you to really connect with the people who are shaping our industry for years to come. The opportunity to discuss various issues and industry topics with those charged with educating the trades professionals of tomorrow is, in my opinion, invaluable.”
“We are proud to be helping the electricians of tomorrow as they start out on their journey. It’s always great to see the apprentices working with our products throughout the regional heats and the final, as the standard of work is very high.”
“I would like to thank you for the special welcome and kind hospitality that we received whilst attending the SPARKS Final. The whole networking experience was fantastic. It was a pleasure to be part of the 10th anniversary final celebrations, which again proved what a fantastic competition this is. I hope that we see you again in the finals next year and we are already looking forward to regional heats.”