The charity National Electrotechnical Training (NET), which delivers the practical assessment of occupational competence (AOC) for electrical installation work, the AM2 (FICA in Scotland) has pledged its commitment to skills excellence by sponsoring a national award for electrical workers.

NET is sponsoring the Experienced Existing Worker of the Year (Electrical) category in this year’s SummitSkills Awards for Excellence, which recognise Britain’s best apprentices and engineers in the building services engineering sector. This year, the awards are taking place alongside WorldSkills 2011 at the ExCel Centre in London on 7th October. WorldSkills is the world’s largest international skills competition for those with vocational qualifications.

Iain Macdonald, Chief Executive, NET, says: “NET is very proud to sponsor this category of the SummitSkills Awards for Excellence. Awards such as these are invaluable in promoting the high standard of vocational training and careers in the UK, and NET’s role is to benchmark skills achievement and an individual’s competence in the electrical industry. We are particularly pleased that the awards are being held alongside WorldSkills 2011, as the current reigning WorldSkills champion for Electrical Installation is the UK’s very own Richard Sagar.”

Macdonald concludes:”NET hopes that the SummitSkills Awards for Excellence will inspire more people to take up vocational training and help plug the skills gap faced by the electrical industry. We already know that the UK has some of the best electrical engineers in the world and we look forward to supporting the stars of the future.”