A team of Doncaster students have narrowly missed out on first place in the Great British Weld-Off competition.
Lewis Marshall, Jack Cowell, Matt Edwards and Robert Bristow from Doncaster College came second in the national competition, which attracted some of the country’s most promising male and female welders aged between 16-25 who, under the watchful eye of the judges, battled through three challenges.
Second place winners Doncaster College received a Kemppi Inverter Power Source, worth £670 with their Jaguar Land Rover inspired design.
Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery added: “The talent shown by today’s students makes us proud to be British manufacturers. Morris Site Machinery is passionate about developing and retaining traditional skills within the UK and this competition gives the next generation of welders the opportunity to showcase their talent. All of the entrants should feel very proud of their achievements.”
This was the first year of the competition which was organised by Morris Site Machinery and supported by Speedy, the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services.
The winning students from Coleg Cambria were crowned winners at an official awards presentation, following the creation of their Mark 1 Male Tank to commemorate this year’s 100 year centenary for WW1.
Judges on the day were Richard Denholm from Speedy, Ian Hogarth from The Welding Institute and Michael Scarrott from EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications. The panel were particularly impressed by the winning team’s outstanding creativity backed up by research and a strong team ethic.
Richard Denholm, Category Manager from Speedy, said: “This is the perfect competition for young people wanting to break into the industry and to build relationships with some of the UK’s leading experts. The standard of entrants was very high and all the finalists rose to the challenge and produced some outstanding work.”