SCOTT Barr, a level 3 Electrical Apprentice at South Eastern Regional College’s Downpatrick Campus, is proving to be top of his trade.
Scott, from Ballygowan, came first in the SERC SkillBuild Electrical Competition early this year, seeing off competition from students at SERC’s Downpatrick, Newtownards, and Lisburn campuses to secure the title.
From there, he competed against his peers from colleges across Northern Ireland in the WorldSkills Regional SkillBuild competition held at Belfast Met where he won Gold. Scott also won Overall Young Apprentice of the Year and was presented with the Haldane Fisher Cup which recognises the top apprentice across all construction trades involved in the competition.
His lecturer, John Ambrose, nominated him for the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year, a national competition which spans across seven UK regions with entrants from over 70 colleges. Scott won Gold in the Northern Ireland Regional Finals. He was invited to the National Finals in England in March but was unable to attend due to the imminent arrival of his first child as he wanted to be close to home.
Scott will compete in the National Finals of WorldSkills this November in Birmingham.