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Local apprentice Andrew Horne has won a silver medal in the national finals of this year’s SkillELECTRIC 2022 competition.

Earlier local electrician Andrew has beaten off hundreds of competitors to reach the finals of this prestigious national industry competition.

SkillELECTRIC is the search for the UK’s best young electrician and the premier skills competition for the UK’s electrical industry.

Today (Friday November 25) UHI Outer Hebrides (formerly Lews Castle College) said: "What a proud moment for all of us at UHI Outer Hebrides and A Campbell Electrical Services Ltd as our Apprentice Andrew Horne wins the Silver Medal at the #ElectricalInstallation Worldskills UK competitions 2022!

"Working with local companies to create opportunities for our community is at the heart of everything we do at UHI Outer Hebrides and this is a really special moment for us all as we celebrate Andrew's success. Well done Andrew!"

Each year, the best electrical students and apprentices from across the UK compete to win a place in the competition’s grand final and 500 finalists were competing for gold, silver and bronze at the competitions.

Andrew has been serving his Apprenticeship with UHI Outer Hebrides and A Campbell Electrical Services Ltd.

Speaking after Andrew reached the finals, Rachel Campbell, Director of A Campbell Electrical Services Ltd said, “We are all delighted for Andrew, and he thoroughly deserves the recognition for his hard work and dedication, as do all our staff in their continued support throughout his apprenticeship. 

"This is great for ACES Ltd to be able to demonstrate our apprentices’ abilities by benchmarking their skills against apprentices from other businesses throughout the UK and potentially internationally.

"We would like to thank SECTT who manage Scottish apprenticeship training, for selecting Andrew for this opportunity, and UHI Outer Hebrides for his apprenticeship training over the last 3 years. 

SkillELECTRIC is organised by registered charity NET who, on behalf of the industry, manage and develop the industry assessment of occupational competence. NET is proud to deliver SkillELECTRIC in partnership with WorldSKILLS UK.