Welding Apprentices Unveil Final Year Projects

20 August 2018 | Engineering, Automotive & Marine

There were no knights but lots of shining armour on display at City College Plymouth’s welding and fabrication workshop.

The apprentices from Princess Yachts, Babcock, Pipex and Aldermans Tooling Ltd, have been putting their welding skills to the test over the last eight weeks to create their end of year project, which was unveiled to their lecturers and employers in a special presentation.

Working in teams they created impressive suits of armour – replicas of a medieval knight, samurai warrior and roman solider. They also produced a pipe scale model of the Devonport Dockyard.

Philip Appleton, 17, is an apprentice at Aldermans Tooling Ltd, he said: “This project has allowed us to put all of our training into practice and realise how much we have learnt in our first year. I’ve really enjoyed getting to be creative with the skills we’ve gained and working as part of a team has been great. We are all really proud of what we’ve achieved.”

City College’s Academy Manager of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Nicholas Dawe, said: “The presentations were a big success and a great way to showcase the apprentices’ hard work and talent. This was also a chance for their employers to see first-hand the workshop where they receive their training and how much they have achieved over the course of a year. The quality of their work is outstanding and it is hard to believe they are just first year apprentices. They’ve all done a fantastic job and what they have produced is quite spectacular.”

In 2019, the students will be working collaboratively to create a replica of the Mayflower that sailed from Plymouth to America, which will go on display in The Box in time for the 400th anniversary celebrations.

Those interested in a career in fabrication and welding can discover the full range of full and part-time study programmes, adult education courses and Apprenticeships at the College’s summer events. Visit www.cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 to register your interest.

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