We had a chat with Craig Fairweather, the Learner of the Month for February!
The SPARKS Learner of the Month award celebrates students and apprentices who are passionate about the future of the electrical industry, going above and beyond in their apprenticeships to set the standards of the industry.
The award recognises the efforts that students and apprentices have put into learning the trade.
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It's time to announce the February winner for SPARKS Learner of the Month! After taking into account the nomination and your comments, we're delighted to announce that Craig Fairweather from @moraycollegeuhi is this month's winner and has won a @klein_tools Clamp Meter! Don't forget to nominate your student or apprentice for March's award sponsored by @lucecoplc – DM us for more info! #SPARKSLOTM
Craig was nominated by his lecturer at Moray College, Iain McBean, and was chosen as the Learner of the Month after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
The award was sponsored by Klein Tools, who sent Craig a CL2300A Clamp Meter.
Our runners-up were Jack Bester from Barnes Electrical and Edward Rippon from M S Budd Electrical/ SGS College Filton.
Craig, 20, was nominated for the following reason: “Craig is a first year of apprentice electrician. He has demonstrated excellent hand skills in the workshop.
“He is totally committed to his studies, which shows in the work he produces – not only with practical tasks but also theoretical tasks.
SPARKS Magazine: Congratulations Craig! How does it feel to be the SPARKS Learner of the Month?
Craig Fairweather: It’s great to be recognised for the time and effort that gets put into some of the work we do! It’s also great for the company to have people doing well!
SPARKS: How long have you been in the industry? What made you want to get into the industry?
CF: For 16 months – I wanted to do something different as a majority of my friends went to university and I much preferred the idea of learning more on the job than in the classroom.
SPARKS: What do you love most about it?
CF: The variation of work involved in being an electrician.
SPARKS: What is your day-to-day role?
CF: I continue to learn and pick up new ideas from different people in the company and help my journey to complete the job to the best of my ability.
SPARKS: What would you like to achieve in your career?
CF: To gain as many qualifications related to being an electrician and have vast knowledge of different types of electrical work.
SPARKS: What inspires you the most?
CF: I’ve always liked being able to complete projects, no matter what size, since I was a child, so to be able to do this on a much larger scale is great!
SPARKS: What’s your favourite social media platform?
SPARKS: What’s your favourite job to do?
CF: I don’t particularly have a favourite job to do, I much prefer doing different jobs from day-to-day and getting a varied experience.
SPARKS: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
CF: Every electrical component is essentially a switch, so think about how each circuit works.