McGill Apprentice competes at WorldSkills UK Electrical Installation (SkillElectric) Final

McGill Apprentice competes at WorldSkills UK Electrical Installation (SkillElectric) Final

Paul Anderson, one of McGill's third year electrical apprentices, is currently in Birmingham taking part in the WorldSkills UK Electrical Installation (SkillElectric) Final competition. The Competition runs for 14 hours over the three days of Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 November. 

To get to this stage Paul, who is studying at Dundee & Angus College, won silver in the electrotechnical Modern Apprenticeship competition (eMAc) out of 500 plus SECTT apprentices in his year group in Scotland.

Paul was then placed in the top eight apprentices across the nations (Scotland, England Ireland and Wales) to secure his place in the UK Skills competition. Out of thousands in his year group across the UK this a fantastic achievement and the first time we have had an apprentice make it this far in the competition.

The competition is marked on the following criteria –

  • Measuring and marking out
  • Cable connections
  • Function
  • Angles of bends sets and clearances
  • Fault Finding    
  • Testing and inspecting
  • Cable clipping    
  • Effective health and safety                                                                                                                            

Competitors are expected to:

  • Comply with all Health and Safety legislation and requirements of the competition
  • Install the competition piece safely to industry recognised standards
  • Complete the exercise with the materials provided
  • Determine wiring to achieve operation as specification
  • Carry out basic electrical tests to prove safety to judge
  • Carry out a fault-finding test on purpose-built rig completing report

Paul has been practicing at Dundee & Angus College for the last few weeks to ensure he can complete the installation to the highest standard in the timeframe allowed. He had a booth set up in the college foyer to allow him to practice in a public environment, mimicking the conditions of the competition where members of the public will be walking by and can stop and speak to Paul about his apprenticeship and the work he is doing.  

Paul has worked extremely hard to get this far in the competition and if he does well this weekend in the UK competition he could potentially move on to Euroskills or even Worldskills.

We wish Paul the best of luck for the competition starting today – we have everything crossed for him and hope his hard work and thorough preparation pay off.


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