The search to find the next NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year is down to the final eight.
The final group will battle it out over a series of practical tests at the headquarters of competition sponsor Scolmore on 6 June, 2017.
More than 400 young people signed up to the contest, which recognises the talents of the brightest electrical students in the UK.
Julie Blake, senior marketing manager at Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, said: "The standard of candidates has been very high this year. The qualifying pass rate for the online exam (stage one) went up from 65% to 70% and it has been a tough process, but we are excited about the upcoming final.
"We have witnessed more entries from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, which demonstrates the growing appeal of the competition. The overall standard and general level of enthusiasm shown by everyone is a credit to the industry."
The final eight are:
The finalists have had to battle through two stages of the contest, which began back in November last year. The first stage of the contest was an online exam, comprising of a variety of questions relating to electrical installations.
The top 20% performing students then progressed to stage 2 - a written 1.5-hour exam held at six locations across the UK.
Marie Parry, Scolmore Group's marketing director, said: "Our aim is to build on the success of last year's competition and the results so far are very encouraging – we've had more entries and from a wider area, a higher exam pass rate and more female apprentices applied.
"This demonstrates the wealth of talent and enthusiasm there is out there among the next generation of electricians and we are looking forward to another highly charged finals day."
Each finalist will now receive an iPad with a host of other prizes up for grabs, including a £2,000 holiday voucher for the winner, which can be spent on a trip of their choice. There is a £750 holiday voucher for the runner up and £250 for third place.
Pictured: One of the apprentices in action from last year's Grand Final