10:02 Monday 06 January 2014

JCB Academy pupils to battle in global contest

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

JCB Academy is set to host its first World Skills contest in February 2014.

The specialist engineering college will see its Year 10, Year 12 and new apprentices compete against each other in key engineering skills such as welding, ‘CAD’ work and business challenges.

Winners from The JCB Academy, in Rocester, will then have the opportunity to enter the regional heats of the World Skills competition, going head-to-head against pupils from all over the country.

Winners from the regional heats will then progress through to the national squad selection process.

They will be hopeful of representing Great Britain at the finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015.

Competition organiser Adam Carrier, who is engineering learning manager at the academy, described the competition as ‘a way for students to further develop the skills they will need for employment and their competitive edge which they will need in order to achieve the very best in all aspects of life’.

JCB apprentice Harry Tomlinson said: “I am really looking forward to being involved with the World Skills competition and I am pleased to have been selected to compete.

“The scale of the World Skills initiative is huge and it’s great that The JCB Academy has become involved.”

Academy bosses have said the competition will have opening and closing ceremonies to ‘rival the Olympics’ and is seen as the platform for vocational skills to gain back credibility.

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