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Leiston electrician lights up skills competitions after scooping top learner prize

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Teenage apprentice now aims for national title this week

An award-winning electrician from Leiston lit up a skills competition and was buzzing after being crowned learner of the year.

Jane Thorp with Tutuor Ged Healy

Jane Thorp, 19, who works for Fellowes Electrical Ltd travelled to Corby earlier this year and beat nine other hopefuls to win first prize in the Sparks regional finals (midlands heat).

Jane will now progress to the grand finals of this competition where she will go up against six other apprentices at an occasion called SPARKS Learner of the Year that will take place in Coventry on 23 April 2024.

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The level two electrical apprentice – who studies at the Suffolk Rural campus of Suffolk New College – said: “We had a brief (for the competition) and I enjoyed the experience. When I first got involved in these events I wanted to get as much out of it as I can. I’m still in it to learn, have a good time, and enjoy the experience.

“Doing all of this really helps me – I’m still getting lots out of it and my confidence has improved and the college is really supportive.

Last year, Jane was the first-ever winner of the Sparks female skills competition.

Jane Thorp with Lawrence Metcalfe

This year she will be up against male and female contestants and she said she would be ‘over the moon’ if she were to win this new title outright.

In addition to these successes, Jane was also highly commended in the EADT Education Awards apprentice category.

Lawrence Metcalfe is Jane’s tutor at Suffolk Rural. Lawrence said: “Jane is a very talented electrician who is a credit to herself and the college. We will be doing all we can to help her ahead of the finals later this year.”

Principal and CEO of Suffolk New College Alan Pease said: “Well done Jane. We are really proud of you. Good luck in the finals.

Posted 10 April 2024