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Training the next generation

As part of its on-going commitment to industry training and development, Schneider Electric is not only sponsoring WorldSkills London 2011 but has also trained the UK skills representative for the electrical installation competition.

Chris Young enjoys a week placement with Schneider Electric

The company’s involvement began in March 2011 when Schneider Electric was approached by UK Skills to support the training for two electricians who were in the process of being short-listed.

The competitors went on to spend a week’s placement at Schneider Electric’s LV equipment factory in Telford, where its dedicated manufacturing team helped to refine the skills of the electricians needed to excel in the competition, and facilitate the appropriate training. The comprehensive programme covered distribution board and panel board wiring, commissioning and testing and practice with key electrical installation machinery.

Subsequently, Chris Young, a 21 year old electrician from Somerset (pictured), was selected as the UK skills representative for electrical installations. He is now gearing up to compete in the international World Skill finals which are being held from 5-8 October 2011 at ExCeL London.

In further support of the event, Schneider Electric has supplied equipment required for the electrical installation competition.

Louise Price, Customer Marketing Manager for contractors at Schneider Electric comments: “Energy is, by far, the biggest challenge for our generation and those to come. Therefore, as business committed to a better planet, we continue to invest heavily in our training resources to ensure the electrical industry is equipped with the skills and knowledge to deliver more sustainable solutions.

“Naturally, the WorldSkills competition is an important vehicle in this; after all it is today’s younger generations, from around the world, which will pave the way for tomorrow. We are thrilled to have been able to support the development of young people in electrician installation and wish Chris the very best of luck.”

WorldSkills is a global competition where 1000 young people from more than 50 nations come together in 45 skill areas across seven sectors. Along with electrical installations, there are competitors in an array of disciplines, from fashion to transport to gardening.

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