Our search for the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2019 is over...

In 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition.

Throughout January and February we travelled across seven regions of the UK in search of our 2019 winner. The winner of each regional heat and the highest runner-up overall scorer went on to the grand final, which took place at the 3M Customer Innovation Centre. After a 10-hour test over two days, Ben Kidner from Bridgwater & Taunton College was crowned as the winner!

Photos from the competition can be found at the bottom of the page.

The SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year finalists

North East – Bradley Smith, Derwentside College

North West – Zack Duxbury, Burnley College

South West – Will Frapple, Petroc

Wales – Elliott Dix, Cardiff and Vale College

Northern Ireland – Scott Barr, South East Regional College

Midlands – Ben Reeves, Northampton College

South East – Chris Davenport, Farnborough College of Technology

Highest scoring runner-up – Ben Kidner, Bridgwater & Taunton College

Alongside the prestige for both the winning student and winning college, there was a fantastic list of prizes worth up to £10,000 up for grabs. The prizes were donated by well-known industry names including Platinum sponsor Schneider Electric, Gold sponsor Electric Center, Silver sponsor WAGO, and Bronze sponsors Rated People, 3M, The IET and product sponsor HiKOKI. In addition, each student in the competition received a free Schneider toolbox.

This year’s winner, Ben, said: “I’m over the moon, I didn’t think I was going to get this far. it’s a real confidence boost for me. I was the underdog!

“I entered the competition last year and didn’t have as much success! I didn’t get on so well, but last year was good and I have had a lot of training and have progressed a lot since.

“I never used to think I was good enough but my lecturer believed in me so I did it, and I’ve seen the progress since.”

Entries for 2020 will open later this year.

Want to get involved in Apprentice of the Year?


SPARKS Magazine runs seven annual regional events across the UK, where manufacturers are given the opportunity to present their products to college lecturers. These run alongside the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition in January and February.

For lecturers, this is where you can find out about the latest products and services on the market, whilst at the same time gaining free CPD hours.

For manufacturers, this is a unique chance to engage with plumbing and heating engineering lecturers, the brand ambassadors in the colleges. These events are used to run focus groups, product demonstrations or technical presentations.

This year, the event was sponsored by The IET, with additional talks from WAGO, Connexbox, Klein Tools, Megger, Luceco, Stroma, EAL, Hamilton Litestat and Starrett.

You can view photos of these events at the bottom of this page!

There will be more details about the 2020 event later this year.

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