carl sparkCarl Shore is Apprentice of the Year at Keighley College

An apprentice welder has shown his metal by winning through to the final stages of a skills challenge.
Bright spark Carl Shore, 24, a Fabrication and Welding apprentice at Keighley College, beat rivals from across Yorkshire and the North Midlands in the regional heat of Skillweld 2017.
South African born Carl began work at Dyson Doors & Fabrications Ltd, on the Snaygill Estate, Skipton in August 2015, after knocking on the door and asking for a job.

Ken Dyson, company MD, undertook Carl’s work-place education as he studied at Keighley College, where he was voted Apprentice of the Year.
Carl, a former student at Settle Middle School and Settle College, travelled to Derby College for the recent Skillweld 2017 competition, in which he had to complete four test pieces using different materials in just four hours.
Carl puts his success down to the training and encouragement he has received at Dyson Doors and Keighley College.
He said:”The challenging variety of jobs at work and technical learning at college are a healthy mix enabling me to achieve numerous tasks to a good standard.
“I hope getting to the final stages of the contest reflects well on the knowledge I have gained from Keighley College and Dyson Doors.”

Carl has qualified to NVQ Level 2 and is currently well on his way to completing his Level 3.
His ongoing training with Dyson Doors includes many skill sets linked to fabrication, welding, and site installations across the UK.

carl shore ken dysonCarl Shore and Ken Dyson

Ken said:”We have had a very close relationship with college, monitoring Carl’s progress and working with his tutors to ensure he is challenged in his continued development as a talented Fabricator Welder.
“Full marks to the boy. He walked into my office and asked for a job, and I gave him one.
“But, it is Carl who has put the hard work in to get to where he is now.”

Ashley Fieldsend, Assessor in Engineering at Keighley College, said: “I’m incredibly proud of Carl for this achievement. He is a humble young man who takes everything in his stride, his knowledge and competency are first class.
“Taking part in Skillweld was an opportunity for Carl to show off his talents and develop his skills further to prepare for the industry as a multi-skilled welder. We will find out later this month if he has qualified for the final heat at the NEC Birmingham in November.”
Keighley College has now been approached to host the regional semi-final of Skillsweld in 2018.

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