Engineering apprentice Matt Treaner-Cartwright
Engineering apprentice Matt Treanor-Cartwright is celebrating after winning a national competition for his welding skills.
Matt, aged 20, an apprentice heritage aircraft technician at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, won his award at the Sheet Metal Skills Competition, organised by the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering, 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.
Matt, who studied for his Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in fabrication and welding at the college’s Paget Road campus, said: “I was really happy to win the award for my written report – 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 skills used.
“I’ve learnt so much at college and the skills I’ve developed and the experience I’ve gained has really helped me at work – I’ve now got the knowledge to think of different ways of doing things and I feel more confident every day.
“The facilities at college are really good and the tutor keeps us on track and makes sure we are developing the skills that our employers are looking for and that we will be able to take with us to other jobs in the industry in the future.”
From September, Matt will be continuing his learning and studying for a work-based NVQ, supported by assessors from the college who will visit him at work to monitor his progress and ensure he is meeting the requirements of the qualification.