The search has begun for the 2021 SPARKS Learner of the Year!


The results of Round 1 are in!


After completing the Round 1 test, we are pleased to announce the following learners have been successful and will be representing their college in Round 2. A massive well done to everybody who took part.
Zachary Stannett (Suffolk New College)
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)


A huge congratulations to everyone who has made it through! They will now go on to complete a series of fault-finding exercises and will take part in a Professional Discussion video call, with the top scorer of each region then going through to the live final!


Between March and May, Level 2 and 3 students from colleges nationwide will take part.
The SPARKS team has been keeping a close eye on the current lockdown restrictions. We had hoped that the live competitions would be able to take place in-person during March and April, however the safety of the competitors is our utmost priority.
We have therefore worked closely with NAPIT to develop an updated format for the 2021 Learner of the Year competition.


All competitors will complete an online written test (1 hour).


The top two scorers from each region will complete a series of practical scenario-based exercises and will take part in a Professional Discussion video call with their lecturer, a member of the SPARKS team, the NAPIT judge and sponsor representatives.


The top scorer from each region will be chosen to complete a live practical test in May. Each finalist will compete in their own college for a chance to be crowned SPARKS Learner of the Year 2021.

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!


Click here to view the competition terms and conditions.

    Want to get involved in Learner of the Year?


    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


    Professional Discussions

    wc/ 12/04/2021

    Final (South West, Wales, South East)


    Final (Midlands, North West, North East)



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