Apprentice Joe shows his skills in regional electrical competition

Joe Hakin, front far right, at the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year contest.

Joe Hakin, front far right, at the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year contest.

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A hard-working Whitley Bay student has shown he has the spark for electrical engineering after taking part in a top competition.

Twenty-year-old Joe Hakin, who studies at TyneMet College’s IGNITE Centre for Engineering and Innovation, battled against seven other learners in the regional SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year contest.

Joe was the only Level 2 learner in the event as the others were all Level 3 apprentices that work on-site.

However, his tutors put him forward after being impressed with his skills, and he finished in fifth place.

He said: “The regional competition was a really good experience.

“It is thanks to TyneMet and the great support and tutoring I get that I felt confident enough to take part in the competition, and to come in fifth place was amazing.”

The apprentices were put in individual bays and given a series of complex electrical or heating problems to fix, judged by an industry expert.

They also had the chance to meet employers and attend presentations.

TyneMet curriculum co-ordinator in building services Lee Lowdon said: “I entered Joe into the competition because I knew he was capable. He has taken to electrical installations really quickly and is confident and competent.

“He would be such a brilliant asset to any company.”