Engineering apprentice Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins - L3 Apprentice Fabrication & Welding

Engineering apprentice Jack Higgins is hoping for success after being put forward for selection for a national squad to represent the UK in the world finals of the prestigious WorldSkills competition in Brazil in August 2015.

Jack, aged 19 – who combines working for Radshape Sheet Metal Ltd in Birmingham with studying for a Level 3 in Fabrication & Welding qualification at the college’s Paget Road campus – won a gold medal in the sheet metalwork category at the UK finals of the competition in 2012 when he was only 17, was an advisor and demonstrator at the 2013 competition, and is one of only seven engineering apprentices from across the country – four of whom study at the college – selected for national squad development.

Jack and his fellow apprentices will now undergo five months of intensive training before the squad is whittled down to three in June – with the final representative being announced in January 2015.

Jack said: “Being put forward for selection for the national squad is a great opportunity for me and the skills I’ll gain from the extra training will really help me at work and look good on my CV too.”

He added: “If you know what industry you want to work in an apprenticeship is a great way of gaining work experience and qualifications at the same time and it’s also a route into studying at a higher level at university which is what I hope to do in the future.”

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