Jordan Swan is Scotland’s best apprentice welder in 2010 – he proved that by winning this year’s BOC Scottish Apprentice Welder title against stiff competition in the finals held at Motherwell College on 17-18 June.
The competition is part of the national Apprentice Welding Scheme sponsored by the industrial gases and engineering company BOC. Separate events are being held in Wales and England over the coming weeks.
Twenty-year old Jordan, from Dunfermline, had progressed through his local welding skills competition at Carnegie College in Rosyth and the regional heats as well. Speaking at the awards presentation, Jordan was delighted to have won. “It’s great to win – but I hadn’t expected to. Some of the welding tests were extremely difficult,” he said.
The Scottish competition is supported by both BOC and the Scottish Government. For BOC, a member of The Linde Group, encouraging the next generation of engineers and welders is a key part of its business strategy. “Scotland has ambitious plans to target new industries, particularly in the energy sector,” noted Nathan Palmer, BOC’s Sales Director. “As a nation that excels in engineering and high quality manufacturing, it is essential that its young people have the right skills to maintain that tradition. BOC is making significant investments in Scotland to service a resurgent Scottish economy. We are proud to be investing in the young people who will deliver that future as well.”
Tony Clough, Scottish Committee Member of the Welding & Joining Society and Professional Member of The Welding Institute, stressed the vital importance of welding skills for the future as he presented the prizes to the winning students. “Welding is a high-skill technology,” he noted, “and we need highly-talented, highly-motivated young people to secure the future. That is why I am delighted to be able to publicly recognise the skills and effort of these young people tonight.”
Colleges across Scotland took part in the competition which seeks to recognise the highest level of skills in this area. The finals event at Motherwell College represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work. Hugh Logan, College Principal, said: “Motherwell College is a new, state-of-the-art college facility which is designed to provide the best learning environment for skills like welding. So I am delighted that the College has been able to host this important event.”