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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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