Engineering apprentice Ricky Burmi

Ricky Burmi - Wolrd Skills bronze medallist

Engineering apprentice Ricky Burmi – who combines earning and learning by working for Radshape Sheet Metal Ltd in Birmingham with studying for his apprenticeship qualifications at the college – scooped a bronze medal in the higher sheet metalwork category at the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competition last week.

Ricky, aged 22, who had two-and-a-half-days to work from engineering drawings and fabricate a metal chiminea under the watchful eye of judges, said: “It felt great to be representing the college in the competition as the tutors have trained me from scratch and taught me everything I know.

“It was a tough competition and there was the added pressure of being watched by the thousands of visitors to the show but the tutors had prepared me on how to keep calm and focussed, manage my time and check everything as I went along.

“I was really happy when I was named as a winner and it was a relief that all my hard work had paid off – having a medal from the WorldSkills UK competition is a real accolade and will look fantastic on my CV!”

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