College Apprentice Excels at Skills Awards

RAF Apprentice Award

An apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after winning a national competition for his welding skills.

Matthew Treanor-Cartwright, aged 20, an apprentice at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford won his award at the Sheet Metal Skills Competition, organised by the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering (I.S.M.E.).

The awards were held at the Morgan Motoring Company, Malvern, earlier this month with Matthew beating off tough competition to win the category of ‘Best Written Document’ for his report on a test piece – a ducting made from sheet steel and copper rivets.

Apprentices from all over the UK had to complete the same test piece following instructions given by the I.S.M.E. including; drawings for component details, dimensions and tolerances, materials to be used, and methods of joining.  All test pieces were submitted with an accompanying written document describing how and why the various techniques were chosen and applied.

Matthew said: “I was really happy to win the award for my written report on the ducting piece. It’s important in manufacturing to keep a written record of how something is made in order for the next generation to learn the processes and the skills.

RAF Museum Training Manager, Mick Shepherd added: “Matthew is an excellent apprentice and has shown great potential since he started with us.  In addition to his work at the Conservation Centre, Matthew has successfully completed a Welder/Fabricator Technical Certificate with City of Wolverhampton College.

“Needless to say we are all delighted that he won this award”

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