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News: Carpentry apprentice competes to become UK champion

Jason Wong
Jason Wong

A Nottingham College apprentice has fought off tough competition to secure a place in the prestigious national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions for the second year running.

Jason Wong, 28, from Derby, is coming to the end of his Apprenticeship, training at the College’s Basford Hall campus alongside his carpentry job at Fitted Solutions Ltd. After making it through to the finals last year, Jason is hoping to make it even further this time round.

Dean, one of the lecturers at College, encouraged me to enter the competition last year and it was such a great experience that when I had the opportunity to have another go, I jumped at the chance. Thankfully I made it through to the finals again, and it’s given me even more drive to make it to the next stage of the competition.

I like a challenge and it’s good to put yourself out of your comfort zone, plus, I think you learn more this way too. Dean and my employer believe in my ability and I’d love to finish my time at the College on a high, by not only completing my Apprenticeship, but by doing well in this competition too.

- Jason Wong
Dean and Jason in the workshop at Basford

Jason will compete against other trainee carpenters from all over the UK in front of over 80,000 visitors at WorldSkills UK LIVE. Taking place from 21–23 November at the NEC Birmingham, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

WorldSkills UK Competitions are run in over 60 skill areas and are proven to help people go further, faster in their training and chosen career. The WorldSkills UK Competition in carpentry is run in partnership with SkillBuild / CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).

If successful in the National Finals, Jason could be invited to join the WorldSkills UK training programme for the international WorldSkills Competition where they could be selected to represent the UK in their chosen skill.

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  • 15th November 2019 (11:45 AM)
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