A YOUNG electronics student is getting set to showcase his talents in the finals of a prestigious UK skills competition.
Lewis Clarke, 19, a student at The College Ystrad Mynach, has won a place in the final of the World Skills UK competition to be held at the NEC in Birmingham.
Lewis, from Penallta, Caerphilly, has just started the second year of his two year extended national diploma in electronic and electrical engineering at The College Ystrad Mynach.
And his talent working with circuits and capacitors has won him a place in the industrial electronics competition final at the World Skills event.
The contest is part of the Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers event held annually to inspire the fashion designers, web developers and engineers of tomorrow with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.
The event, being held this year from November 15 to 17, also aims to highlight the importance of skills to economic growth in the UK and will feature a range of competitions, awards and activities.
To reach the finals, Lewis competed at a regional heat in Swansea where he completed a number of challenges which involved building and testing circuits for the judges.
Lewis said: “I’m really looking forward to going to the final. For the competition, we’ll be doing programming and designing circuit boards as well.”
Lewis’ interest in electronics was first sparked when he was a pupil at St Martin’s Comprehensive School in Caerphilly.
“I first got interested in it at school and I really enjoyed doing the work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else now,” said Lewis, whose full time college course sees him swapping between practical and theory and text books and tool kits.
“There is lots of maths and theoretical work to study as well as practical work,” added Lewis, who enjoys playing squash and meeting up with friends in his spare time.
Once he completes his college course, Lewis hopes to go to university to continue his studies in electronics and eventually find a job in the field.
And it seems Lewis’ interest in all things electrical runs in the family as his brother Jordan, 17, is due to start on the same course at Ystrad Mynach in September. He also has a younger brother Nathan, five.
Course tutor Corinne Hey said: “Lewis has worked really hard all year on his practical skills and theory which were a great combination to get into the final.
“He deserves every success and we wish him all the best for the final and for his university studies and beyond.”
College Principal Bryn Davies said: “We are delighted that Lewis has got through to the national final of the World Skills UK competition. He has worked extremely hard in his first year and a place in the final is the icing on the cake.
“It is also testament to his tutors who have taught him so well as it is no mean feat to make it through to the finals of this prestigious competition