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15 April 2014

CAVC student Luke is UK National Electrical Apprentice of the Year

Second year apprentice Luke Mayor is the best electrical apprentice in the UK, according to the judges of a national competition.

Nineteen-year-old Luke from Dinas Powys won the Sparks National Apprentice of the Year Award and was presented with a £1,000 cheque from sponsors Megger who also gave the College a £500 voucher to spend with them. Earlier in the year he won the Welsh heat and progressed to the two-day UK finals at the JTL National Centre for Excellence in Birmingham.

“Winning the competition was a bit of a shock,” Luke said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. I wasn’t very well – I was running back and forth to the toilet! I couldn’t have done it without all the support from my employers Scenic Services and the College – my tutor Geoff is amazing.”

Luke originally came to CAVC as part of the school link programme before progressing on to a full-time Electrical Engineering course and from there to the Pathways to Apprenticeship Electrical Installation course. He came third in a national competition for electrical apprentices in 2013 and has now shown how his skills improved by beating competition from across the UK this time.

 Electrical Installation tutor Geoff Shaw said: “Luke has always aimed for the highest standards and shows real dedication. His employer has been hugely supportive as well, allowing Luke to come to the College for an extra day a week to train for the competition.”

Luke will also be taking part in the Welsh finals for the WorldSkills competition later next month. His Work-Based Learning Co-ordinator is Graham Lovell and his training is organised by the Quality Skills Alliance. The Quality Skills Alliance (QSA) is a unique consortium of work based learning providers working together to develop excellence in apprenticeships. Since establishing in August 2011 the QSA has delivered thousands of apprenticeships for apprentices and employers across Wales and beyond.