How it feels to be a 30 Under 30 Winner: Harvey Canning
The renowned 30 under 30 awards, hosted by eFIXX and proudly sponsored by Luceco Group, is an awards programme where applicants are nominated for their significant contribution to the electrical contracting industry. The 30 Under 30 awards are now in their second year of recognising up-and-coming talent within the industry.
One of the 30 under 30 winners, Harvey Canning, from Canning Electrical Services, shares how it feels to be recognised as a winner.
How did you get started in the electrical industry?
"My route into the industry is not the usual journey many take. It started when I studied engineering at college, gaining a thorough understanding of electrical principles and theories. Following this, I started an apprenticeship in engineering maintenance in the subsea fibre cable industry. I was responsible for maintaining, as well as developing and building various equipment, and this is where I developed a lot of my practical skills. Unfortunately, due to issues within the company, I did not achieve the NVQ that should have come with the apprenticeship, so I spoke to the NICEIC to find out what the qualification requirements were, for me to start working as an electrician domestically. In November 2020 I undertook the 18th edition exams, fundamental testing and inspection and other training, and registered with the NICEIC as a domestic installer and started the next stage of my journey.
Since then I have continued to develop my skills and knowledge, passing the City and Guilds 2391-52 and Electric Vehicle Charging courses. I am currently in the early stages of undertaking my NVQ in order to obtain my JIB Gold Card and continue to further my journey within the industry.”
I’m absolutely honoured to have been selected as one of this year’s 30 under 30 winners. As a young person who has been in the trade for a relatively short period, it’s an incredible feeling to have been recognised in this way."
What advice would you give to the next generation of electrical contractors?
"Never ever be afraid to ask questions; the only stupid questions are the ones that are never asked. Understanding why things are done a certain way will give you a deeper understanding and allow you to overcome challenges more easily.”