Apprentices Win GOLD!

CarnaudMetalbox apprentices Mark Smith, James Thomason and Andy Joyce have WON GOLD at this year’s UK Skills competition.

CMB Apprentices WIN GOLD in UK Skills Competition

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Mark Smith, James Thomason and Andy Joyce with Emily Whittaker from Semta

CarnaudMetalBox Engineering apprentices Mark Smith, James Thomason and Andy Joyce have WON GOLD at this year’s UK Skills competition in the Manufacturing Team Challenge at Birmingham NEC Arena.  The CMB Apprenticeship scheme is a well-developed highly skilled apprenticeship programme for young aspiring engineers based at their Shipley Headquarters, many of whom go onto managerial roles within the business.

The competition comprised of 3 core skills (electrical, machining and fabrication/hand fitting) a surprise project, a main project and a 5min time trial.  The team from CarnaudMetalbox Engineering won gold beating the second place team with a 15% margin on the overall score.

Andrew Truelove, CMB Engineering’s General Manager comments ‘I am delighted that our team of young engineers have achieved this accolade.  Winning Gold underpins the direction of our apprenticeship scheme, but more importantly it highlights the talent in these young engineers forging a career path in the industry ’.

‘What better motivator to a young apprentice than winning Gold in a UK wide Skills based competition, a truly magnificent achievement not only for Mark, James and Andy, but for CMB Engineering as a united force in today’s competitive markets.’ Comments Truelove.

The very best in the UK were named Skills Show 2016 champions on a triumphant night for the future of the economy.  More than 500 talented young people took part in competitions covering 61 different skills over three days at Birmingham’s NEC in front of thousands of visitors.

Independent judges assessed the work of competitors, choosing the winners who were presented with their gold medals at a ceremony on Saturday evening (Nov 19). Dr Neil Bentley, CEO WorldSkills UK, said: “It has been an incredible, inspiring and hugely successful Skills Show culminating in a ceremony to honor the very best young talent Britain has to offer.  I would like to congratulate all the gold medal winners – indeed everyone who made it into the national finals.

During a visit to the Skills Show Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, hailed the three-day event (Nov17-19) as a crucial date in the UK calendar to help bridge a ‘complex’ skills shortage which had arisen over the last five years.

He said the tens of thousands of young people flocking to the NEC marked the future of the workplace in a fast-changing working environment.  The Minister said of the Show: “It is incredible.  This is one of the most important days in the skills calendar.