Aerospace apprentice going for gold
Wolverhampton engineer makes WorldSkills UK final
Young engineer Matthew Howard is competing for Gold at the WorldSkills UK engineering finals this week.
Matthew, 18, from Wolverhampton, a second year apprentice with UTC Aerospace Systems, will be taking his place in the Sheet MetalWork 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.
“This is my first competition – you can’t be too stressed about it just got to take it as it comes,” he said. “I have no idea what to expect but whoever puts the most in will get the most out of it.”
Matthew, who is studying an EAL qualification in fabrication and welding with the support of his company and the City of Wolverhampton College, 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 Matthew 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