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News: Jason’s skills secure silver!

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Dean and Jason celebrate with silver
Dean and Jason celebrate with silver

Nottingham College apprentice, Jason Wong, brought home a silver medal on the 23rd November after impressing judges with his woodwork skills at the national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions.

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

Jason was tasked with build­ing a hexag­o­nal gar­den bench, involv­ing intri­cate and com­plex angles and mea­sure­ments. At the end of the allot­ted time, com­peti­tors brought togeth­er their final work to form a col­lab­o­ra­tive struc­ture with six pieces all slot­ting togeth­er to make a huge wood­en gar­den gazebo.

He said: It was daunt­ing when I first arrived at the NEC and saw the task we’d been giv­en, but all the time and train­ing ses­sions I’d put in with my Col­lege men­tor, Dean, lead­ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion, soon kicked in and the nerves start­ed to fade.

The stan­dard was very high so I wasn’t expect­ing to win. When I looked up at the big screen dur­ing the medal cer­e­mo­ny and saw my name against sil­ver it was the best feeling!” 

Jason with the completed gazebo

Jason, who is 28, from Der­by, is com­ing to the end of his Car­pen­try Appren­tice­ship, where he trains at the College’s Bas­ford cam­pus along­side his car­pen­try job at Fit­ted Solu­tions Ltd.

I com­plete my Appren­tice­ship this month, so achiev­ing sil­ver at World­Skills is like the cher­ry on top. The Col­lege and my employ­er have sup­port­ed me so much, so I’m real­ly pleased that I’ve made them both proud, and I can fin­ish my Appren­tice­ship on a high. 

 — Jason Wong

Lec­tur­er, Dean Howitt, said: I saw tal­ent in Jason right from the start. He’s worked hard and real­ly cares about what he does, which shines through. He has come on leaps and bounds from last year and the qual­i­ty of his work has come on so much. I’ll always be here for Jason as his men­tor but I have absolute­ly no doubt that, what­ev­er he goes on to do in the future, he will excel at.”

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).

Along­side Jason’s job at Fit­ted Solu­tions, he also makes his own bespoke fur­ni­ture. Check out his Insta­gram page here: @jay_w_carpentry.

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  • 29th November 2019 (2:11 PM)
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