Charlie Lloyd, a Themis at Burnley College welding and advanced manufacturing Apprentice at The Senator Group, was named the winner of the local heat of the contest, staged at the Centre of Excellence for Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at Burnley College.
Charlie is hoping to improve on his performance in last year's WorldSkills UK contest when he was awarded a bronze medal for the skills he displayed in creating a chiminera from sheet metal within a strict time limit. This year judges from SEMTA challenged the sheet metal workers to create a large outdoor candle burner.
Charlie will now have to wait until August to see if he has scored enough points to compete in WorldSkills UK, with the ultimate aim of representing the UK in WorldSkills International.
In the Burnley heat, Charlie faced stiff competition from Themis Apprentices Sophie McHallam, of Emerson and Renwick Ltd; Max Lynagh, of Paradigm Precision; Brad Parfitt, of Castle Sheet Metal; Callum Bullough, of Steeltech Kinetix Ltd; Dale Lund, of RGS Sheet Metal Ltd, and Andrew Routh-Smith, of the Canopy Company.
Advanced welding and manufacturing student at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Matthew Hamer also took part in the keenly-fought contest. The talented welder will be joining Hycrome Europe Ltd as a Themis Apprentice in September.