Dungiven bright spark reaches UK finals

A bright spark from Dungiven is preparing to take on Great Britain’s top electrical apprentices in his second consecutive UK skills final.

Adrian Canning may be just 18 years old, but the North West Regional College student already holds two gold medals from the Northern Ireland Skillbuild competitions, and is hoping to top that with a nationwide medal when he competes at the SkillElectric finals in Leeds College of Building next week.

Since his first place win at the Northern Ireland event earlier in the year, Adrian has been working on refining and enhancing his skills, even studying in the College’s specialist Greystone training centre in Limavady throughout the summer, with the support of his lecturer Keith Wade.

Adrian experienced the intense pressure of a UK skills final in 2010, at just 17 years old, and he is hoping to use the knowledge he gained from that experience to his advantage this year.

“Last year I didn’t even know the questions to ask, or how to prepare for such a competitive environment” said the bright spark. “I’m ready this time for the two day event, and I’m definitely more confident this year”.

Keith is obviously very proud of his young protégé.

“For Adrian to be so proficient at such a young age is just incredible. We are delighted that he has once again reached the UK finals and we’ve committed a lot of time and energy this summer in preparing him for the challenge he faces.”

Adrian is currently entering the third year of his course at the College’s Limavady campus, at the end of which he will be a qualified electrician.

“I wouldn’t be here without the support of my employer, RMG Electrics, who has allowed me the time to devote to my training. Ronan McGahon is a former student of the College, who also scooped UK wide awards, and knows what it takes to compete on this level.”