Themis Advanced Apprentice Electrician Kane proves he is one of the best in the UK in hotly-contested SPARKS contest

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Themis Advanced Apprentice Electrician Kane proves he is one of the best in the UK in hotly-contested SPARKS contest

A determined Themis Advanced Apprentice has shown he is one of the top young electricians in the UK by securing a place in the finals of the prestigious SPARKS contest.

Kane Barker (23) made it through the regional heats to reach the final of the elite contest to identify the most talented electrical Apprentices through a gruelling day of challenges to test their technical abilities, time management, character and commitment.

Kane, from Clayton-le-Moors, a former pupil at Norden High School and Sports College, currently works for Clemson Electrical Contractors, Burnley, and is entering the final year of his training programme with Themis at Burnley College. He previous worked at Hadgraft Electricals Ltd, Clitheroe.

He said:

“The competition was intense and it was a great opportunity for me to test my skills against some of the best in the UK. The challenge on the day was to wire up four-way lighting controls, complete with switches and trunking: it was the first year SPARKS used a live circuit, so the pressure was really on, too.”

While Kane narrowly missed out on victory on the day, he and his Trainer Assessor, Kevin Ashton, were first over the line in the go-karting challenge day he won for coming top of his regional heat. His victory there earned the pair a day at a race track, testing their skills in high-powered racing cars, with Kane again earning a medal for his skills behind the wheel.

He said:

“It was great to share both the SPARKS and racing car experience with Kevin. He is an expert in his field and, as well as passing on his wealth of industry knowledge, has motivated and supported me to be the very best I can. It has always been important to me to be at the very top of my field and Themis, working closely with my Employer, has enabled me to be just that. ”

Simon Jordan, Director of Themis at Burnley College, added:

“Congratulations to Kane on his excellent performance at the SPARKS finals: he has been a great representative of Themis at Burnley College and has inspired other Apprentices to follow in his footsteps. We’re proud that our Themis Apprentices are ranked among the very best in the UK.

“Kane is a great example of everything a Themis Apprentice stands for: commitment, hard work, determination, innovation and a thirst for success. We have no doubt whatsoever that he will excel in his chosen career and become a futureboss.”

Could your skills take you to the top of your chosen profession? Does a career as a highly-skilled Electrician appeal to you? Themis at Burnley College can help you take a first step on the career ladder to becoming a #futureboss. Contact us on 01282 733005 or email themis@burnley.ac.uk.

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