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Eastleigh College Apprentice achieves bronze at National Competition

We are pleased to announce that David Lockhart, ex-Bench Joinery Apprentice at Eastleigh College, has achieved bronze at the National SkillBuild Competition.

The event, which is part of the wider WorldSkills competition, see’s individuals from different trades compete for medals in their category. In order to qualify for the final, David was required to compete in a regional semi-final, in which he achieved first place.

The final, which was held at Birmingham NEC, saw David pitted against five other Bench Joinery finalists from around the country who were all competing to become best in category in the UK. During this time, David competed in various observed tasks, such as building an ‘H’ frame within a hexagonal frame, which demonstrates the hand-skills and knowledge of a joiner. Points were then awarded for his efforts.

Commenting on his achievement, David stated “Placing in WorldSkills has been fantastic and a real confidence boost; putting in the long hours and hard work to improve at my vocation everyday has paid off. I may not have got gold but I'm on the right path and I look forward to learning more to get me those last few steps.”

David also added “The College, and Barrie [Bourne] have been especially helpful with a lot of the technical drawing and things that I find difficult, like trigonometry. I thought that my time with the College had come to an end after I had competed in the competition, but the College just seem to want to continue to help you progress and move you towards your goals.”

Barrie Bourne, Lecturer in Carpentry and Joinery at Eastleigh College added “David has been an outstanding student, in fact I believe one of the best I have had the privilege to teach. His work is exemplary and his motivation is exceptional; I can’t praise him enough!”

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate David again on this fantastic achievement!

For more information about the Apprenticeships available at Eastleigh College, pleaser call our Apprenticeships Team on 023 8091 1195.