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Bright spark Alex wins apprentice electrician of the year award

Electrical installation apprentice Alex Rendall from Bridgewater & Taunton College has won the SPARKS Apprentice of the Year 2020 competition, according to Bridgwater Mercury.

Competitors took part across the county in seven regional heats between January and March, before the lockdown caused the competition to be postponed.

This also included a short online test and their scores were added to the regional test results.

Alex said: “I’m over the moon and really happy. All the hard work was worth it.

“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 a great way to develop confidence, as you get the plans in the morning then have to keep calm and figure out how you’re going to do it.”

Head Judge Geoff Brittain from NAPIT said the competition ‘opened his eyes to the new talent coming through in the electrical industry’, adding: “It’s been a fantastic competition, and an honour to be a judge at the regional heats up and down the country.”

Alex dropped just two marks out of a possible 151 in the final.