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“World Class Facilities” – budding world champion furniture makers in training at Burnley College

Talented young furniture makers from around the UK, hoping to win a place to represent GB in the prestigious WorldSkills championship, are training in Burnley College’s unrivalled facilities to ensure they’re at the top of their game.

The two potential entrants for the international competition, to be held in Shanghai later this year, were put through their paces by top judge and WorldSkills UK Training Manager Christian Notley MBE.


We’ve been to Burnley College through WorldSkills several times before: the facilities are excellent and we’re always made very welcome. The purpose of these days practising is to put the entrants under the same pressure they’ll be facing in Shanghai in October, so they know exactly what’s going to be expected of them.

Christian Notley MBE

WorldSkills UK Training Manager and Judge

Burnley College learners are no strangers to the WorldSkills success. In the WorldSkills contest held in Russia, Tyler Atkinson, then a highly-skilled Themis Apprentice with WEC, Darwen, represented Team GB in the Construction Metalwork category.

More recently, Jack Talbot and Tom Slevin won Gold and Silver respectively in the Furniture and Cabinet Making category, while Thomas Hogarth was Highly Commended in Carpentry in the UK WorldSkills finals.

Do you want to be the very best in your chosen specialism and test your skills against others across the globe? Do you want to constantly develop, improve and enhance your professional knowledge? At Burnley College we have a wide range of Construction and Engineering courses for everyone – from School Leavers seeking T Levels, Vocational courses or a Themis Apprenticeship to Adult Learners and those seeking University-Level qualifications. Find out more and apply now at burnley.ac.uk


To be part of such a huge event in the Engineering world is great. We’re happy to have helped host this event on behalf of TWI and to recognise all of these highly-skilled and determined Apprentices and Students for their outstanding work in Engineering.

Ian Fraser

Head of Development and Training at Graham Engineering


Congratulations to our exceptional Themis Apprentices and Burnley College students on their amazing achievements. It is great to see them recognised for their dedication, their outstanding skills and knowledge and their innovation.

Hannah Cutler

Head of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence at Burnley College

Dave Holmes, Manufacturing Director at BAE Systems and President of TWI, who started his career as an Apprentice, attended the prestigious event, handing out the awards alongside other representatives from TWI.

Are you passionate about Engineering and have your sights set on being the best of the best? To find out more about Engineering Apprenticeships with leading employers across the region, book your place at our annual Themis Apprenticeship Careers event on Wednesday, 26 January, from 5.30pm to 8pm via www.burnley.ac.uk/whats-on/events.

You’ll meet employers with live vacancies; view our industry-standard facilities and talk to industry-expert Tutors and Trainers, with years of experience within the Engineering Industry – and a real passion to see you succeed.

Or for a full-time Vocational course after GCSEs, apply now to start your studies in September. Search School Leaver courses on burnley.ac.uk or contact our School Liaison Team for support on [email protected]


Jude Pearson

Former pupil at St John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School