ENGINEERING APPRENTICES PUT SKILLS TO TEST IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Engineers of the future will be putting their skills to the test in a regional heat of a national competition being held at City of Wolverhampton College next week (27 and 28 October).
Six apprentices from Moog Aircraft Group – Wolverhampton Operations, who combine working for the company with studying for an HNC in mechanical engineering at the college’s Paget Road campus, will be pitching their wits against teams from three other colleges in a knock-out round of the WorldSkills UK competition’s manufacturing team challenge.
Competitors will work together in teams of three and, over two days, will have around 12 hours to use their individual skills in electrical engineering, fabrication, machining and welding to design and build a remote control recovery vehicle capable of retrieving and lifting a 50mm-square metal block.
The finished products will be assessed and marked by a WorldSkills UK judge with the four highest scoring teams from across the country going forward to represent their colleges in the national finals of the competition in November.
Andrew Cartwright, head of the faculty of technology, creative and sixth form studies at the college, said: “We are delighted to have been asked to host a regional round of the WorldSkills UK competition which will give learners from other colleges the opportunity to benefit from working on the industry-standard equipment enjoyed by our own students, and for everyone taking part to use their practical, analytical and communication skills to work together to produce the finished article.”
The college’s apprentices will be competing against two teams from Coleg Cambria in Wrexham, two from Gower College, Swansea and a team from Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthenshire.
Take a look at the college’s apprentices taking part in the selection heat in this clip courtesy of Big Centre TV