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Young electrician showcases bright talent

Young electrician showcases bright talent

Saturday 30 March 2019

Young electrician showcases bright talent


A young electrician has made light work of an inter-island contest where his installation skills secured him first place against students from the Isle of Man.

Ben Le Cornu, an electrical trainee at Highlands College, shone more brightly than his competitors at the Skills Test Competition in the Isle of Man, winning a £350 voucher after topping his category.

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Pictured: Jersey entered four students to the Skills Test Competition.

Ben is currently working as an apprentice at DIS Electrical Contractors.

The contest puts students’ skills in a range of trades to the test including painting and decorating, plumbing, bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation and horticulture. 

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Pictured: The winning electrician represented Jersey at the Skills Test Competition.

Over 70 students took part in the competition, organised by University College Isle of Man (UCM) who also welcomed students from Jersey to showcase their craftsmanship.

Jo Pretty, Principal of UCM, said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome competitors from Highlands College and hope that we will get many more off-island competitors next year.”

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Pictured: Reece O'Donohoe, a painting and decorating apprentice, taking part in the competition.

Ben was joined by three other students from Highlands who were all sponsored to go over to the Isle of Man to compete by Garenne Construction. 

Those representing Jersey aside from Ben were Hannah Willcocks, a plumbing apprentice working for Amalgamated Facilities Management Ltd., Reece O’Donohoe, a painting a decorating apprentice for Tower Shopfitting and Construction Ltd. and Thomas Myhill, a carpentry and joinery apprentice working for Heritage Joinery.

Pictured: Plumbing apprentice Hannah Willcocks also travelled to the Isle of Man to take part.

Some of the items produced by the students during the competition will be auctioned and proceed will be donated to six charities: the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Monitors for Kids, Craig’s Heart Strong Foundation, Autism Initiative, Heroes on the Water and Dan Kneen.

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