The search has begun for the 2021 SPARKS Learner of the Year!
With a new name and a new format, we’re excited to announce the launch of the 2021 SPARKS Learner of the Year competition.
Between January and April, Level 2 and 3 students from colleges nationwide will take part.
Two learners from each college will compete against each other to secure their place in Round Two. The competition will take place within their own college on one of the dates listed below.
Each college will enter one of the regional heats depending on their location.
The winner from each college will complete a short written test for the chance to represent their region at the Live Final in April.
The six regional winners will compete in the two-day final in April for the chance to become the 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. The prizes have been donated by well-known industry names including our sponsors Schneider Electric and WAGO.
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!
South West Regional
North East Regional
South East Regional
North West Regional
April 2021 TBC
We are changing the format of our lecturer CPD training - so stay tuned for more information!
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 electrical lecturers, the brand ambassadors in the colleges. These events are used to run focus groups, product demonstrations or technical presentations.
If you’re a lecturer who is interested in SPARKS Meet the Lecturer, put your email address in the box below and we’ll be in touch.
Any companies who are interested in sponsoring the 2021 events and would like to offer a product demonstration or provide a presentation please send us your email address below and one of the team will be in touch.
The likes of the IET (headline sponsor), Schneider Electric, Hamilton Litestat, Stanley, WAGO and Luceco presented this year.
“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.”