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Lakes College Welders Selected to Represent UK at WorldSkills

A lakes college welding learner hard at work.

Two Lakes College welding learners have been selected to represent Squad UK in the welding skill.

Morgan Roberts and Danny Hills initially competed in the WorldSkills UK Qualifiers last year, then went on to win a Silver Medal and a Highly Commended Award at the WorldSkills UK National Finals in Birmingham.

The Lakes College welders will be joined by fellow Squad UK member Harry Jackson from Stainless Metalcraft Ltd, and together they will undertake ‘Back to Basics Training’ for 5 days straight. Their training manager will recreate the conditions of a real competition whilst overseeing their work and attempting to spot areas for improvement. A recommendation for 1 of the 3 Squad UK members to compete at the EuroSkills competition in Graz later this year will be made, which consists of 19 hours of welding.

The chosen welder will then partake in 4 olympic-style boot camps consisting of productivity training, performance coaching, performance psychology and physiological well-being.

Clive, Welding Lecturer at Lakes College and WorldSkills UK Training Manager, said: “The lads from Lakes College have shown that they are capable of competing at a high level with their impressive results from the UK Finals. I am thrilled that they have been selected to represent the UK in the welding skill, and look forward to seeing how they manage under the pressure of the mock competition.”

Danny Hills, Lakes College welding learner and Squad UK member, said: “The WorldSkills UK National Finals were such an incredible experience and I am excited to think that I could potentially be travelling to Austria to compete again. I want to wish the best of luck to everyone and may the best welder win!”

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