Euro skills joinery.

Staff and students at a Staffordshire college are helping others attain success at a European competition.

Student’s Conor Wilmott from Bury St Edmunds and Jordan Merk from Northern Ireland have spent the week at Stoke on Trent college under the guidance of World Skills Trainers Andy Pengally and Pete Walters.

The students are part of the Skills UK team for joinery and have been using the college’s excellent facilities to improve their chances of success. Among those representing the UK are apprentices from a variety of sectors. They will be competing in competitions ranging from Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing to Mechatronics and Automotive Technology

Conor Willmott is a joinery apprentice with Paul Jackson Carpentry and Joinery. He will be competing against the world’s best at Euroskills in Gothenburg, Sweden. The competition, taking place from 1 to 3 December, will see the most talented young people from over 30 European countries come together to compete in over 35 different skill areas. The competitors all have one aim – to win a gold medal in their chosen skill and prove they are the best in Europe.

In three separate elements, Conor will build a window section in accordance with a drawing provided. The first element involves the participants producing their own drawings from pictures and documents. The frame must be built, and finally the whole window section assembled as a finished product. The winner of the competition passes careful scrutiny through the whole of the challenge, with aspects including drawing, planning, joints, finish, execution and measurement accuracy.

Peter Walters, World Skills Tutor at Stoke on Trent College said: “All the young people who have earned a place on Team UK are worthy ambassadors and show the great things you can achieve. They all work hard for perfection and are truly the best of the best!”

Jordan Merk is also part of the Skills UK team and studied at the Southern Regional College in Ireland. He says the adrenalin needed for these competitions encourages him to achieve higher in his day to day work.  After his week at Stoke on Trent College Jordan is heading further south to London, where he is about to start a new job at “3 interiors” a high profile fit out refurbishment company.

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