Thu, 18 April, 2019
The Teesside Branch of The Welding Institute held an annual awards dinner at The Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, where four apprentices were recognised for their work.
ENGIE Fabricom welding apprentice, Branden Duffield, and Jordan Thomas of Stockton-on-Tees-based Francis Brown Ltd shared the award for Best Practical Welder 2019.
Meanwhile, Elliot Waite and Curtis Marsh, both of Middlesbrough College, were jointly awarded the Best City and Guilds Welding Student of 2019.
Attending the dinner on 5 April, 2019, the winners were given their awards by the President of the Teesside Branch of The Welding Institute, Ian Hogarth.
The event was organised in association with the Northern Skills Group and Middlesbrough College to celebrate and recognise the next generation of welders as they prepare to embark on their careers.
The four apprentices will leave Middlesbrough College’s STEM Centre this summer to begin work. With all four having successfully passed their exams, they are now honing their practical skills ahead of leaving college in June.
Speaking on the event, Donald Atkinson, the Skills Development Manager at Northern Skills, said, “The Teesside Welding Institute awards dinner was a great event to celebrate the welding skills of the future, and Northern Skills were thrilled to have several winners at the event. Northern Skills, the apprentice division of Middlesbrough College, was delighted to be working together with both Engie Fabricom and Francis Brown, who had winners on the night. At Northern Skills we are looking to attract, develop and qualify the skills for the future in collaboration with Industry.”