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A talented welder from Pembrokeshire College has been selected for a chance to take part in the final of a national welding skills competition – SkillWeld 2014 – to find Britain’s top trainee welder.
24-year-old Nathan Davies, a Pembrokeshire College MITEC School of Boat Building & Marine Engineering student and an apprentice welder at Main Port Engineering, has been identified as a potential finalist for SkillWeld 2014, which will take place at The Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC in November 2014. Nathan was one of eight competitors to take part in the semi-final alongside welding students from MITEC, Neath Port Talbot College and Gower College Swansea. The event, hosted at MITEC, was one of seven semi-final events for the competition taking part across the UK.
After completing his training and gaining a welding qualification, Nathan hopes to convert his apprenticeship into a full-time welding career. Speaking of his selection to compete in SkillWeld 2014, Nathan said: “I did not expect to be selected and it is great to have a chance to go through to the final. Only ten welders across the UK will be at SkillWeld 2014, so depending on the quality of the work pieces I put through, I am hopeful that I will get through to the final stage of the competition.”
Nathan will be officially notified if he has been selected to take part in the final of SkillWeld 2014 in September 2014.
Runners-up in the competition were Luke Lawrence, also from MITEC, who secured second place and Jay Warren from Neath Port Talbot College who took home third place.
Colin Kennedy, Marketing Associate UK & Ireland at Air Products, lead sponsor of the competition, said: “There is a great deal of skill involved in producing a high-quality weld joint, time after time, and the trainees at this semi-final event all demonstrated a very high level of ability. For those that make it to the SkillWeld 2014 final, the sky’s the limit. WorldSkills UK team judges will be talent-spotting at the event and contestants could be selected to compete internationally at WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi UAE.”
Senior Judge on the day, Leslie Ness, a consultant engineer employed by The Welding Institute, has judged over 170 competitions during his 15 years as a judge and commented: “Going forward Nathan knows the areas where he needs to improve but some of his work is already of a world-class standard. The future is looking very bright for all the finalists here today.”
For more information about SkillWeld 2014 visit http://www.airproducts.co.uk/skillweld