Thomas Woodburn, an Advanced Engineering Apprentice from Themis successfully achieved Gold this month at the 2015 WorldSkills UK competition final in Birmingham. The competition is designed to test competitors’ skills in a range of crucial elements to demonstrate excellence and best practice within Advanced Engineering. Thomas, who is in his third year of his Apprenticeship at Themis and currently works for WEC Group in Darwen, won the Construction Metalwork after surpassing stiff competition, which included four other WEC Group Apprentices. The competition standards were raised extremely high this year and Thomas’s score of 93.5% secured him ‘Gold’ with other WEC Apprentices only a couple of points behind. Kris Mercer, Training and Development Manager at WEC Group, said: “We are very proud of all our Apprentices’ achievement and it’s a tribute to the investment by WEC Group and the hard work put in by the Apprentices themselves and the high quality of teaching and training from Themis.” Thomas will now participate in a training programme which will work on developing his existing skills to give him the opportunity to compete at the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, which takes place in October 2017. Simon Jordan, Director of Themis, said: “The WorldSkills UK competition is a fantastic opportunity for Apprentices’ from across the region to test themselves in a competitive setting and for the chance to have their work exhibited on an international platform. The success of the Apprentices’ is testament to the outstanding training programme WEC Group has developed”.
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