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A Clitheroe apprentice hopes to light up the 2022 Sparks competition

A Clitheroe apprentice is hoping to light up the 2022 Sparks Learner of the Year Competition.

Adam Green, 20, from Rishton who is a third year Electrical Installation Apprentice at Blackburn College, will compete against other apprentices in the North West Regional heat at Wigan and Leigh College on Thursday February 3rd.

If Adam progresses, he’ll reach the Grand Final that takes place in Coventry at the Schneider Electric Innovation Hub on the 27th and 28th April.

Adam works four days a week with Plug and Go in Clitheroe and spends a day studying Electrical Installation at Blackburn College.

The former Hyndburn Academy student said: “We have competed in class against each other and I was put up for the competition for the last two years, but it didn’t take place because of the pandemic.

“I am excited to compete but also nervous. I’ll get to see other apprentice’s work and also see how good I really am.

“I’ll try my best and see what happens on the 3rd.”

Adam had originally started studying at a Sixth Form but didn’t enjoy the experience and instead chose to apply for an apprenticeship at Blackburn College. He added: “Here at College, you are treated like an adult and given more independence, the teachers are there to support you but it’s also down to what you make of it.

“I have always been a practical person so decided to start looking at electrical apprenticeships. I got an interview at College and was offered a place on the Level 2 course and I’ve been here since.

“The teachers have been great and really supportive, they are probably the best thing about College. My tutor Kevin Ashton has been helping me with my writing and I feel like I have progressed and developed throughout the course.”

Adam hopes to complete his qualifications this summer with a number of different options available to him once he finishes his apprenticeship. Adam explained: “I would like to gain my Periodic Electrical Inspection and Testing certificate, qualify in Solar photovoltaics (PV) and continue to work on car charging and then see where I go from there.

“I could maybe look at plumbing which would mean I can work with renewables. There is also the option to set up on my own or go and work for a company like BAE.”

Blackburn College Principal and Chief Executive Dr Fazal Dad said: “I am thrilled that Adam will be representing the College in the North West round of the competition and will face apprentices from other North West colleges.

“It is great to see our students competing in competitions and showcasing the skills that they have learnt.

“We encourage our students to push and challenge themselves and Adam is certainly doing that. We all wish him the very best of luck.”

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