National Apprentice Competition

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Regional finalist Peter Hall with his support team Bedford College CEO Ian Pryce CBE, Vice Principal Dave Pridmore, Tony Joyce Executive Director of Construction and Building Services and the winning electrical training team

Bedford College is hosting the regional heats of the ‘Megger National Apprentice Electrician of the Year 2014’ on Friday February 28th.

Among the 12 trainee electricians taking part will be a competitor who studies at Bedford College. They will be assessed during the day and the winner will be announced at a presentation ceremony at 4pm.

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce will be making the presentations. The winner will go forward to the National Apprentice of the Year event later in the year.

The National Apprentice of the Year competitions were launched by SNG Publishing Ltd (publishers of the apprentice magazines, HIP! and SPARKS) in 2009, giving students the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and skills. The national event is split into two competitions, one for electrical and one for plumbing. Each college is allowed to put forward one student per discipline. They can be either working in the industry or college-based. To be eligible they must be currently studying for their Level 2 or 3 qualification and be no older than 24 years of age.

All competitors attend one of six regional heats, where an overall regional winner is chosen. Each student that enters the competition is awarded a Certificate of Achievement for successfully competing. All regional winners are given an all expenses paid trip to the Live Final which usually takes place two months after the regional heats have finished.

Both the regional and national competitions will take the form of a practical test covering core elements of the course.

All finalists are awarded a cut-glass trophy. The overall winner of the competition will be awarded the title ‘National Apprentice of the Year’ and will be presented with his or her prize by the President of the CIPHE (for plumbing) or Tony Cable of NICEIC and ELECSA (for electrical). In addition, the winner will be awarded a prize donated by the sponsor of the event, usually to the value of £1000.

For this year, 2014, the sponsors of the competitions are as follows:


Gold sponsor: UK Copper Board, Silver sponsor: ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Bronze sponsors: Mira Showers, Pegler Yorkshire and Yorkshire Copper Tube. 

The plumbing event is run in association with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE)


Gold sponsor: Megger, Silver sponsor: Click Scolmore 

The electrical event is run in association with the NICEIC and ELECSA

Industry support

We have been delighted with the large volume of manufacturers supporting these events by generously donating their tools and materials for use within the competitions. Some big names, such as Schneider Electric, Hultafors, Click Scolmore, Bristan, Stabila, Viessmann, Stelrad, Pegler Yorkshire and Talon. For a full list of supporters, go to the following websites:

For 2014, the regional winners will be invited to a two-day final, which will be held at two different locations: one for the plumbing final and one for the electrical final. The plumbing final will be held at the ADEY Conference and Training Centre in Cheltenham on 30th April and 1st May 2014. The details of the electrical final will be confirmed.

The event is great experience for all the students and if they don’t win this year, and are still within the age limit the following year, they can come back and compete again.

 Competition organiser

“Students get a lot out of the competition,” says Celia Matthews, competition organiser. “They make new friends, gain more confidence in their abilities and enjoy the challenge. The regional heats are exciting, but the final certainly shows the competitive side of the entrants... they are all very focused on winning the title. I wish them all the best of luck for the competition!”

Contact: Tel: 01491 845386

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