Crawley College Students Go National

02 October 2017
Crawley College students, Rebecca Houghton and Sam Brown have qualified for the national finals of the Skillweld competition. Their impressive ranking, announced last week, has put them amongst the top apprentice/student welders within the UK.

After successfully navigating the regional finals, both Sam and Rebecca will take their skills to The NEC in Birmingham at The Skills Show from the 16th-18th November. On top of competing nationally, if both students are successful at the final there is opportunity for them to represent the country on a global level at the Worldskills competition in Kazan next year.

Firstt place holder at the regional heats, Rebecca Houghton, 23, of Johnston Sweepers in Dorking, came to Crawley College after looking for a change in direction after completing her A-levels. After two years studying Welding and Fabrication at Crawley College, she is now halfway through a Welding and Fabrication apprenticeship whilst simultaneously completing a HNC in Manufacturing and Engineering.

Speaking of her success, Rebecca says “Often as the only girl in these types of situations you can feel a bit of pressure, but the competition was really good despite being a bit nerve wrecking! The tutors at college were the ones who really encouraged me to do the competition and I’m glad they did as it’s been a good experience. Now I plan to get some practicing in before the national finals in Birmingham”.

Finalist Sam Brown, 21, also a Welding and Fabrication apprentice at Johnston Sweepers had decided to give the competition a go after seeing friends and colleagues try it in the past, “It was a challenging contest and the other people had some serious skills but in the end there was a good outcome and that’s all I could’ve hoped for. I’m really looking forward to the finals in Birmingham and I’ve been working hard practicing on test pieces to make sure I’m prepared”.

The Worldskills competition is a partnership with organisations from both industry and education and their strong links tie them to several colleges around the country. Crawley College was amongst one of the colleges selected to host the regional finals of the welding competition, with students from Canterbury College also attending. The tough competition compromised of 10 total competitors, all of whom had successfully progressed to the regional level after winning places from the passive heats.

For more course information, please visit Crawley College are also operating a drop-in enrolment service from 10am-7pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday where you can join onto a full or part-time course. To learn more about the Skillweld competition,