Warrington apprentice going for gold
Young engineer makes WorldSkills UK final
Young engineer Andrew Cartwright is competing for Gold at the WorldSkills UK engineering finals this week.
Andrew, 22, from Warrington, who has just completed his apprenticeship with nuclear decommissioning specialist Nuvia and is studying for a part time degree, will be taking his place in the Mechanical Engineering: CAD final – one of the 13 WorldSkills UK engineering competitions organised by skills specialists Enginuity being held at the Skills Show in Birmingham’s NEC from 13-15 November.
“I am feeling a bit nervous but I competed last year so I know what to expect,” he said. “There is a lot of pressure. Nuvia has been a great support giving me time to train and get hands-on experience.”
Andrew, who achieved his EAL NVQ Diploma in Engineering Technology with support of training provider Training 2000 Ltd, will find out if he has won at an awards ceremony on Saturday (Nov 15).
Julia Chippendale, managing director of EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our students like Andrew putting their learning into practice and showcasing their skills on such a big stage.
“The competitions play a vital role in raising skills standards among young people and provide an opportunity for competitors to challenge themselves against the best in the country.
“A highly skilled workforce with relevant qualifications to prove employees have reached the standard required is vital to the future of the UK economy. Our learners will prove an inspiration to the thousands of young people visiting the Skills Show and I wish them the very best of luck in their quest to win Gold medals.”
The competitions organised by employer-led Enginuity , which is engineering skills for the future, are: Aeronautical Engineering (Avionic), Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical), CNC Milling, CNC Turning, Industrial Electronics, Mechanical Engineering:CAD, Mechatronics, Mobile Robotics, Construction MetalWork, Sheet MetalWork and Welding.
The Skills Show attracts around 75,000 visitors. It also provides a wide range of hands-on experiences for visitors to inspire them to explore skills, further education and Apprenticeships, helping them to gain advice on how to take the next step into the world of work.
They will have the opportunity to try over 45 skills for themselves in the interactive “Have a Go” experiences across the show in careers ranging from hairdressing to engineering, hospitality to plumbing.
The Skills Show is free to attend and open from 13-15 November 2014. For more information, and to book your place, please visit www.theskillsshow.com