Fabrication & Welding learners prepare to train for WorldSkills 2017

Bradley Clare pictured at the Engineering & Renewable Energy Centre

Three learners from Fabrication & Welding have been announced to be joining the UK squad for Construction Metalwork ahead of selection for WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Luke Sherwood, former UKSkills Winner 2014 for Construction Metalwork, Bradley Clare who gained a Silver Medal in this year’s competition, and Highly Commended entrant, Macauley Reavil, will be competing in Construction Metalwork against other young people from around the world.

Bradley Care, 19, is a Sheet Metal Worker for Allied Protec and is currently training on day release for a Level 3 qualification at the Grimsby Institute. Bradley gained a Silver Medal in this year’s competition, only narrowly missing out on the top spot. Bradley said: “It was really good when I found out I’d won silver. My mum and my girlfriend were there so it was nice to be able to do it for them.

“To make it to the last 13 from across the country who will be competing to go to Abu Dhabi is just mega. If I get chosen I would love to represent my country. If anyone else is thinking of competing in competitions like this I’d just say ‘do it’. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Luke Sherwood, who trained at the Grimsby Institute as a Level 3 Fabrication Apprentice, was named as the national champion of Construction Metalwork at the UKSkills competitions in 2014 and could also now be selected to compete in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Luke said: “I was approached by the tutors at the Institute who asked if I wanted to compete. I’m quite a competitive person and I really wanted to do it. The Regional Heat was held at the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence – Humber (CATCH) and when I found out I’d got through to the final I had about eight weeks to prepare. I would sometimes stay behind and do extra work with the tutors to help me get ready.”

“It was an amazing experience. Without the Institute none of this would have happened, the tutors really helped me a lot and stayed back and worked extra hours to help me, teaching me things that I didn’t know, and that’s what helped me do so well.”