Dungiven’s Adrian takes home gold

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An 18-year-old student from North West Regional College’s Greystone Centre, Limavady Campus, is celebrating his success in taking on Great Britain’s top electrical apprentices in this year’s UK skills final.

Adrian Canning already holds two gold medals from the Northern Ireland Skillbuild competitions, and has just topped that with his first UK gold medal from the SkillElectric finals held in Leeds College of Building.

Keith Wade, Adrian’s lecturer, said that all the hard work and training over summer has paid off for the young apprentice who is just entering his third year of his electrical training.

“Adrian was the youngest competitor of the 10 in the final, and his greatest strength was how well he managed his time. It is a difficult piece that the finalists are set, one which even I would find challenging in the two and a half day time limit.”

“We are just so proud of Adrian” added Keith. “He put everything we practiced over the summer into action in the final and I could not have asked for more from him. We’re also grateful to Adrian’s employer, RMG Electrics, for allowing him the time to commit to the intensive training.”

Ronan McGahon, Adrian’s employer, was happy to support his apprentice in his aim to succeed on a UK stage, having himself won a City and Guilds Medal of Excellence while studying at the College three years ago.

“I’m very proud of Adrian. He is a talented electrician and when you see someone with the potential you have to give them the chance to fulfil it.” Ronan established RMG Electrics on completion of his training at the College and as the workload increased, he employed Adrian as part of his apprenticeship.

Trevor Johnston, Northern Ireland Operations Manager at Summit Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the Building Services Engineering sector, also visited the Greystone Centre this week to congratulate Adrian on his first place win.

It has been a year of successes for North West Regional College in a range of skills competitions, with medal wins at the Northern Ireland Skillbuild, and the Limavady Campus hosting the first ever Northern Ireland training camp for the WorldSkills SquadUK in construction. Adrian has been inspired by fellow Limavady student Ian McMahon, who will represent the UK in Wall & Floor Tiling at WorldSkills 2011, due to be held in London from 5th – 8th October. Adrian’s gold medal win now puts him in contention to secure a place for Team UK at the Worldskills competition in Leipzig 2013.