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Silver medal success for Crawley College apprentice

Crawley College apprentice Kieran Barnes has won a silver medal in joinery at the SkillBuild UK National Final, which was held at Birmingham’s NEC last weekend (15-17 November 2018).

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The three-day event saw around 500 competitors battle it out in their chosen trade with skills such as bricklaying, stonemasonry and plastering all being put to the test.

Kieran Barnes, Level 3 joinery student at Crawley College, triumphed in the Regional Qualifiers earlier this year and secured 1st place in senior joinery.

But his success did not end there, Kieran impressed judges once again and claimed the silver medal title in the UK National Finals.

Kieran returned to Crawley College on Friday (23 November 2018) to show off his silver medal and final project.

Kieran said:

“I am really pleased with my silver medal, I didn’t expect to get this result!”

“The competition was stressful at times. I had to complete tasks I had never done before with examiners and the public keeping a close eye on me.”

“To prepare myself for the competition I attended additional evening classes at Crawley College and received constant support from my tutors Tony Manktelow, Trevor Francis and Jeremy Ridley.”

“When I was closer to finishing the task it was much more enjoyable and if I get the chance I would do another competition like this again.”

Kieran has worked as an apprentice at Wood & Wisdom for two years.

His manager Adam King said:

“Kieran has been extremely enthusiastic from the very start, I can’t fault his commitment to the craft and his observation to detail has led him to become an important member of the company.”

“I hope that Kieran will continue his studies and further his skillsets in carpentry in general and joinery in particular.”

Chichester College student Jamie Kennard was also awarded a silver medal in Cabinet Making – a great success story for the Chichester College Group.

Apprenticeships are fast becoming the chosen employment and training route for young people and employers alike, with around 500,000 young people starting an Apprenticeship each year in the UK.

Crawley College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships in almost every industry and you can apply for current vacancies on their website: www.crawley.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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Crawley students take home win at regional robotics competition

This week saw four Year 8 students from Thomas Bennett Community College attend the STEM Club Robotics Regional Competition organised by Tomorrow’s Engineers and in association with the RAF.

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It was an exciting day for all four students and the day was made up of several parts.  The students were tasked at the start of the day with the building and programming of a robot to carry out a number of specified tasks based around the idea of humanitarian aid. 

They also researched and made a presentation on current and future use of technology, for this they chose to do prosthetic limbs.  The final part of the competition was a teamwork challenge, for which they had to solve a simple engineering problem using Lego.

The day ended marvellously with the team winning the prize for the best research presentation.  They also qualified for the national competition to be held at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

Stuart Smith, Head Teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College said:

“We are incredibly proud of the team who did an exceptional job on the day.  We’re very much looking forward to the team competing at the Big Bang Fair and we’re hopeful for another win!”

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