Alistair Brummitt from Bedlington in Northumberland is the best young welder in England!
He won the title of BOC Apprentice Welder 2009 at the English finals held at Doosan Babcock's welding school in Tipton, West Midlands over three days from 29-31 July.
The BOC Apprentice Welder Competition is a national scheme sponsored by the industrial gases and engineering company BOC which aims to encourage higher welding skills among apprentices and trainees. Similar events have been held in Scotland and Wales over the last few weeks.
Alistair attends Northumberland College. Having won his own college welding skills competition, he then had to win the regional heat before beating strong competition from nine other finalists to take the national title.
At the event, it was also announced that Doosan Babcock's Kevin Jones has just been appointed as welding technical advisor to UK Skills. In this role Kevin will be travelling to Calgary, Canada, for the 2009 World Skills competition at the beginning of September.
For companies like BOC and Doosan Babcock encouraging the next generation of engineers and welders is a key part of their business strategy.
"As an organisation that supplies products and services across almost every industrial sector, we understand how vital it is for the next generation of craftsmen and women to be able to perform at the highest levels of skill," commented Mike Dennis, BOC's Director of Marketing, as he presented the awards on Friday 31 July. "That is the only way that UK manufacturing can remain a world leader. And we have to remember that manufacturing will play a key role in the economic recovery. That is why we are proud to be part of an initiative that encourages the highest standards in this fundamental engineering skill."
Doosan Babcock, the leading energy services company, was excited to host the event at their site in the West Midlands. "This competition raises the profile of the basic engineering skills which are vital for this country's success in manufacturing," noted Martyn Fletcher, Strategic Construction Support Manager at Doosan Babcock. "Doosan Babcock has an ongoing commitment to develop, nurture, and celebrate welding excellence, but if - as a company and a nation - we want to raise standards, we have to challenge the next generation of trainees to take UK welding skills to the next level. The Apprentice Welder and World Skills competitions are both ideal ways of supporting this development, and ones that we are proud to support."
BOC is a member of The Linde Group. An industrial and special gases provider, the company supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many areas of everyday life, and industries including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For more information see BOC online at www.boconline.co.uk
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 52,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2008 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.7 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com
About Doosan Babcock
Doosan Babcock designs, supplies and constructs advanced steam generation technology for the power industry. We develop some of the cleanest, most efficient coal-powered plant in the world. Doosan Babcock is also a leading energy services company operating in the thermal power, nuclear, oil & gas and petrochemical industries. Through our innovation we support and enhance the service life of energy assets across the world. With global headquarters in the UK, Doosan Babcock employs around 5,000 personnel. www.doosanbabcock.com
1. The UK Apprentice Welding Competition is an initiative of the Learning and Skills Council, and UK Skills.
2. It is running for three years, starting in September 2008, across England, Scotland and Wales.
3. The competition is open to candidates of any age, but they must be engaged upon a course of training recognised by an award body
4. Entrants to this competition may see this as sound preparation for the SkillWeld programme with the aim of participating in the WorldSkills international competition to be held in the UK in 2011. However, for this event only candidates up to 22 years old can participate. Web: www.worldskills.org
5. WorldSkills takes place every two years. The 2009 event will take place in Calgary, Canada, from 1-6 September