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South of England’s best electrician is named

Matthew Fletcher, employed by Addinalls Ltd., has scooped the top prize in the SkillELECTRIC competition to find the South of England’s best electrician.

(Left to right) NET’s Lin Ozdal, Matthew Fletcher, and Bridgwater College’s VP Andy Berry

Thirty-one-year-old Matthew, who studied at Cornwall College in St Austell, battled it out with other finalists from across the south of the country to be named winner of the SkillELECTRIC competition at Bridgwater College on 16 May. The event is part of the nationwide SkillM&E competitions organised by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering.

Second place went to 24-year-old Martin Rose from Protech Electrical Ltd, a student with City of Bristol College/JTL. In third place was 20-year-old Paul Lang from Rogers Restoration, who studies at Bridgwater College.

The highest-scoring competitors from across all the UK heats go on to compete in the UK-wide finals of SkillELECTRIC which will take place at The Skills Show in November at the NEC in Birmingham.

Fletcher said: “All of us competitors worked really hard and I was surprised when they announced I’d won. It was a difficult task but to know that the judges felt I did a good job makes me really proud. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my employer Addinalls Ltd. and my trainers at Cornwall College, so I need to thank them for this too.”

Neil Collishaw, Head of Skills, Competitions and Awards at SummitSkills said: “The competitors were presented with a difficult task, but rose to the challenge and the judges were impressed with the level of skill they showed.”

Contestants had six hours to install a PVC conduit and trunking installation with three circuits feeding light points and power sockets. Their work had to be completed within the time limit, safely and to recognised industry standards, with a very small tolerance for any errors.

These competitions are the feeder route for competitors to potentially go forward and represent their country at the biennial WorldSkills competition – the world’s largest skills competition.

The next WorldSkills event takes place at Leipzig in Germany in July 2013.

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