Bright spark is awarded for his electrical skills by the College of West Anglia Isle campus

Ryan Hockton being awarded the Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy by John Clarke

Ryan Hockton being awarded the Kevin Clarke Memorial Trophy by John Clarke - Credit: Archant

Ryan Hockton has been awarded for being a bright spark by being presented with the College of West Anglia’s Kevin Clarke memorial trophy.

The award is given each year to the electrical apprentice who has shown the highest level of personal achievement and development during the academic year.

Ryan, who is employed by Bloom and Wake of Outwell, is in the first year of a three year electrotechnical apprenticeship, but has already shown significant promise.

CWA electrical tutor Tim Burgess said: “Competing is an honour normally reserved only for electrical apprentices, but Ryan was demonstrating practical capabilities higher than some of the advanced level apprentices”.

After leaving high school, he completed a full-time electrical engineering course at CWA, during which he secured employment with Bloom and Wake, enabling him to continue his training as an apprentice.

Ryan, 19, has dyslexia, but demonstrated such high practical skills while on his full-time course, that he represented CWA at last year’s Norfolk and Waveney Skills Competition.

The Kevin Clarke award is named after a former electrical apprentice who was killed in a car accident in 1984 and is sponsored by his parents John and Janet Clarke.

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The award was presented to Ryan by Mr Clarke along with a prize cheque.

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