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College Advanced Welding Success
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A Pembrokeshire College Welding student has secured a place in the Advanced Welding Skills competition Wales Final after scoring 99% in the semi-final heat.
College Level 3 Welding student, Joshua Nash competed against five other contestants in the South Wales regional heat and will test his technical skills in the all Wales final in April.
Held at Pembrokeshire College’s MITEC centre, the semi-final called for the very best students in the South Wales region to produce several precision welds including a downhand MMA tee filet, vertical MAG pipe to plate, vertical TIG filet and a downhand MMA butt weld.
Three students from Pembrokeshire College competed against two students from Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC) for top prizes including an ESAB Senteniel Welding Screen, an ESAB worrier welding screen and ESAB Fillet Weld Gages. Semi-final winner, Joshua who has an Apprenticeship with Rhyal Engineering said that he enjoyed the competition, “This is the first time that I have taken part in an official competition. I felt the pressure having to work quickly whilst being watched but I enjoyed it!”
Tasked with judging the competition were industry experts, Kristian Mason from TUV Nord, Richard Wilcox from the PUMA refinery and retired Welder and lecturer, Vaughan Edwards. The group commented that the standard of the competition was extremely high with first place being just one point away from perfection. Kristian from TUV Nord said, “There were only four points between second and first place and the winner scored 99% so the standard was exceptionally high. The competition was a challenging one, having to complete such varied tasks. It’s great to see youngsters coming through and we all wish them the best of luck for the final”.
Head of Engineering and Construction at Pembrokeshire College, Edward Hornagold presented the prizes and congratulated the group on the quality of their work, “We’d like to thank NPTC for joining us in the event and to the staff at MITEC for all of their preparation. We’re really grateful to ESAB, Granger Toolbolt and Dr Barry Walters for donating some amazing prizes. Congratulations to Pembrokeshire College Welding student, Joshua Nash for securing first place. Declan Kenny from Neath Port Talbot College came second place with Pembrokeshire College Welding student, Alyx Jones coming third. Well done to runners-up Liam Ellis and James Griffiths Davies from NPTC”.
This is the third time that Pembrokeshire College have reached the final of the Skills competition proving once again that the quality of the teaching in MITEC is second to none.
Pembrokeshire College Welding Lecturer, Jo Bradshaw added, “The competition standards were very high this year. We are privileged to be part of the Skills Competition Wales and the Skill Weld UK Advanced welding competitions. Competitors from both MITEC and NPTC should be very proud of the pieces they produced and the skills they have to offer the engineering industry. We are delighted to have such a high success rate in these events which is down to the dedication of everyone involved. I would like to thanks the judges for their efforts and again to the sponsors for donating such generous prizes. We can’t wait for the Final in April!”
Want to find out where your learning journey could take you? Come along to Pembrokeshire College’s Open Evening on Wednesday 26th April from 5pm. See more at: pembrokeshire.ac.uk/courses
PHOTO: Pembrokeshire College Level 3 Welding student, Joshua Nash with Head of Engineering, Edward Hornagold and Lecturer, Jo Bradshaw.