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Welders show their metal
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Trainee welders at the College swept the board at a welding competition held recently – managing to come first, second, third and fourth in the regional finals held at MITEC, Milford Haven. Young welders from colleges across south Wales came together to compete for a place in the Welsh Championship Final.
First place went to Ian Harries, aged 20 from Haverfordwest, second place went to Neil Brace, aged 20 from Pembroke Dock. Both are employed by Mainport. Third place went to Stephen White, aged 21 from Milford Haven and fourth place was given to Jamie Stanley aged 23 from Pembroke. Ian will now find his welding skills under the spotlight again at the Welsh Championship Finals in Deeside on June 2.
Winner Ian commented: “I only had about four hours to practice for today’s competition because I have been out on site with my employer, so I was really nervous going into the competition. I came second at Deeside last year so I’m really hoping that this time I’ll pick up the title of Welsh Champion.”
Jo Bradshaw, welding tutor at MITEC commented: “I am absolutely thrilled with the results of the regional final. All the competitors had an extremely tough day and did fantastically well. For our welders to walk away with the top four places is an impressive achievement for us and reinforces the quality of the training we are delivering. Last year our welders secured the top three places in this competition and we really didn’t expect them to be able to beat that – they’ve done themselves and their employers proud.”
Apprentice welders competed against young hopefuls from across the region to secure a place in the Welsh Final and the chance of competing at the Welding Institute later in the year.
The competition saw the learners undertake four welding processes in three hours under the watchful eye of judge Jon Pearsall from ‘Training and Consultancy’. Scored on technique and neatness, the trainee welders from Pembrokeshire College led the field from the outset.
Jon, who has been judging the regional heats since the competition began commented: “I am always excited to come to Wales to judges the Welsh finals. Travelling around the country judging competitions you get a feel for the standard of workmanship and I have always been impressed by the standard of welding I have seen in Wales. There have already been many successes for the region and I am expecting the welding today to be of a high calibre.”
Organised by BOC, this is the first time MITEC has hosted the regional final and is testament to the outstanding facilities available within the centre. The competition is viewed across the sector as being a good indicator of learners who have the potential to represent the UK in future prestigious international welding competitions such as SkillWeld where world class skills and international competitiveness are promoted.
Special thanks to Mike Tennick, Jo Bradshaw and Andrew Davis for all their help and hard work in preparing the students.