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Apprentice off to the National Finals


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On Friday 28th February, Tresham student, Aleksejs Puckovs won the MEGGER National Apprentice Electrician of the Year 2014 semi-final heat held at Bedford College.

Aleksejs was up against eleven other students from different colleges including Cambridge Regional College, Northampton College, Farnborough College of Technology, Mid Kent College, Bedford College, Northbrook College, Central Sussex College, Chichester College, Carshalton College and West Herts College.

Tutors Graham Venning and Gary Hayers accompanied Aleksejs to the semi-final where he had to carry out a practical activity where competitors were asked to create a lighting and power circuit. This was judged by Tony Cable of NICEIC, the independent voluntary body for electrical installation matters. As a result of winning the challenge Aleksejs was awarded with some test equipment provided by sponsor Megger, a company which designs and manufactures portable electric test equipment..

Aleksejs said;

” I was very nervous on the day of the semi-final but when I found out I had won I was very excited and I felt very proud of what I had achieved.”


Aleksejs has secured his place at the national final taking place on Monday 31st March – Tuesday 1st April at the JTL National Centre of Excellence in Birmingham. This will be a two day challenge with a higher skilled technical activity.

Aleksejs continues:

” I am nervous about the final but I am hoping to prepare myself mentally and physically by doing extra practical work in the workshops. This will help me when I come to complete the challenge ahead of me in Birmingham.”

Aleksejs achievement is a great way for Tresham to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2014, 3rd – 7th March. It has also inspired Aleksejs fellow classmates and the electrical department to compete in other regional and national competitions.

Aleksejs is a hardworking student who strives to be the best he can and we wish him all the luck for the final.

Congratulations to Aleksejs, we look forward to hearing more about his time at the final in a few weeks.


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