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Aspiring young welders from Pembrokeshire College showed they have the metal to succeed by gaining first place and joint second place in the BOC Welsh Apprentice Welder 2012 competition held at Gower College Swansea recently.
The best young welders from across Wales went head-to-head in the national finals in a bid to take home the title of BOC Welsh Apprentice Welder 2012. After a tough day of welding which saw competitors produce four test pieces in the MMA, MAG and TIG processes, Neil Brace of (MITEC) Mainport 1990 gained 1st place while Billy Davis of (MITEC) Jenkins and Davies picked up Joint second.
During the evening’s prize giving special guest, Welsh Assembly Member Mike Hedges presented the winners with their prizes and commented that the skills agenda will remain a central priority: “Wales has a huge amount of talent in its young people. Helping them develop these will attract jobs and prosperity to the country and allow us to build a vibrant future for all our people.”
Fellow guest, Dan Williams, Senior Legal Counsel at BOC, went on to explain why BOC have supported this competition since its inception: “Engineers can design great projects but to translate them into reality this country requires welders and other skilled professionals to build the machines and infrastructure.”
This is the fourth year running that young welders from MITEC have gained a first and second place in the BOC competition. Neil and Billy will now compete in October against Scotland and England for the UK skills event at the TWI. Meanwhile, fellow welding student Craig Wheeler of (MITEC) Ledwood Engineering has also been selected for team GB after he showcased his skills at the SkillWeld event in April this year, he will now train with the squad in Sheffield in preparation for EuroSkills and WorldSkills in Leipzig in 2013 further highlighting the exceptional welding talent that is being nurtured at Pembrokeshire College’s MITEC centre.