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News: Car­pen­try stu­dent com­petes to become UK champion

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Dean Howitt and Jason Wong
Dean Howitt and Jason Wong

A Nottingham College student has fought off tough competition to secure a place in the prestigious national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions.

Jason Wong, 27, from Der­by, will com­pete against oth­er trainee car­pen­ters from all over the UK in front of over 70,000 vis­i­tors at World­Skills UK LIVE. Tak­ing place from 1517 Novem­ber at the NEC, World­Skills UK LIVE is the country’s largest expe­ri­en­tial skills, appren­tice­ships and careers event and is free to attend. 

Not­ting­ham Col­lege con­struc­tion lec­tur­er, Dean Howitt, said: 

We’re real­ly proud of Jason. He showed great strength and resilience dur­ing the selec­tion process and he is extreme­ly skilled in draw­ing, mark­ing out and cut­ting to spe­cif­ic dimen­sions. It was his over­all abil­i­ty and deter­mi­na­tion which got him through.

I’m con­fi­dent that Jason will go on to achieve a great deal in the con­struc­tion indus­try and I think he’ll make a mas­ter crafts­man.”

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). 

Dr Neil Bent­ley, Chief Exec­u­tive, World­Skills UK, said:

I offer my con­grat­u­la­tions to Jason from Not­ting­ham Col­lege. Our com­pe­ti­tions equip appren­tices and learn­ers with the life­long, world-class skills that will dri­ve up train­ing stan­dards to the high­est lev­el to help boost UK pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and com­pet­i­tiveness.”

Jason will now spend from now until Novem­ber in train­ing for the World­Skills UK Com­pe­ti­tions, sup­port­ed by Not­ting­ham College.

Being involved in World­Skills is a great expe­ri­ence and I’m learn­ing so much along the way. It feels good to be able to rep­re­sent my Col­lege at such a well-known, inter­na­tion­al competition. 

My lec­tur­er has been real­ly sup­port­ive and is help­ing me pre­pare for the next stage. It’s a big deal com­pet­ing against so many trainees from across the coun­try, but I’m just going to give it my best shot and hope­ful­ly it pays off. 

 — Jason Wong

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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  • 18th October 2018 (4:03 PM)
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