Joinery apprentice, 18 year old, Jack Chambers beat the best of the best to bring home the gold medal in joinery from the Worldskills UK competition recently. He says that mixing college study and his apprenticeship at Pennine Woodworking in Bradwell gave him the skills he needed to succeed and could help him compete internationally in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
The Worldskills UK competition is designed to showcase and celebrate the vocational talents of students and apprentices from colleges and industry from across the country and in a range of disciplines.
Jack’s passion for a career in joinery started when he was working for a builder. He decided to study the subject at college for a year at the same time as getting some work experience with the company he is now an apprentice for. Jack thinks the secret of his success is getting a year of college study under his belt before moving on to an apprenticeship where he has developed his medal winning skills.
He told us; “It was a really proud moment when I won gold at the Worldskills competition. Up until I heard my name, I didn’t believe I would be in with a chance but looking back now I can see how the training I had at college and the work I do every day as part of my apprenticeship gave me a strong advantage.
When I left school I knew I would end up doing a hands-on job but I had no idea that learning a trade through studying at college and doing an apprenticeship would give me the chance to compete at an international level. It has given me a brilliant opportunity to prove what I can do and it has helped me to be better at the job I do every day too.
Jack, Level 3 Advanced Apprentice in Joinery, Pennine Woodworking, Bradwell