We've received word that our team of apprentices made it through to the WorldSkills UK National Competition in November in Birmingham! Congratulations to the team and their apprentice tutor and adviser David Smedley.
"I feel that all the hard work that we as a team have put in to getting through to the National Finals of the WorldSkills competition has paid off! I can't wait to show what Apprentices are capable of on a National stage! Really exciting times are ahead!" - William Heath, apprentice, Severn Trent Water
“It is great to hear that our two teams of apprentices have got through to the WorldSkills finals, we are really proud of what they have achieved and I look forward to supporting them in their preparations for the finals in November. This is a fantastic opportunity for these apprentices to showcase the value that this activity brings to their careers. EEF will also be exhibiting at the Skill Show so it will be an opportunity to showcase to tomorrow's engineers what they can get involved in through an apprenticeship with EEF.” - David Smedley, apprentice tutor
On 28 July two teams of Severn Trent Water apprentices took part in the WorldSkills competition, in the Industrial Control Heat, held in Northampton.
The four apprentices have spent many months being prepared for the event by two technical tutors (including myself) at EEF’s Technical Training Campus. In conjunction with their traditional teaching through their apprenticeship, the apprentices had 15 days’ worth of dedicated training, utilising the state of the art equipment on offer at EEF, with the tutors on hand to guide and support them through the training.
The apprentices were chosen because of the abilities that they demonstrated during their apprenticeship programme. These four students stood out from the cohort of apprentices because of their natural ability and aptitude for learning. The teams were made up of both first and second year apprentices to enable them to support and mentor each other through the process, learning from each other throughout the training.
On the day of the competition the atmosphere was competitive but the team remained calm and were focused on the job at hand.
In the heat they had to complete three one-hour tasks made up of a combination of programming and electrical principles. The three areas that were judged included:
- Making electrical connections and terminating cables
- Using Siemens TIA portal programming software
- Using process rigs and HMI displays to programme a KP 8
The competition was tough with other highly skilled entrants from a range of engineering backgrounds.
The heat was controlled and judged by a team of experts from Siemens. It is these judges that form the final decision panel that will sit in a week's time. We are hoping that the Severn Trent apprentices make it through to the UK finals which are taking place at the WorldSkills show at the NEC this November.
As a tutor of these apprentices at EEF, it has been great to watch the group of apprentices get stuck into the competition; they have shown great commitment and dedication to the process. We are really proud of what they have achieved, they have put so much into this heat and we hope that they have done enough to make it through to the UK finals.