Talented students show off their skills in competitions
Last updated at 14:26, Tuesday, 05 February 2013
CONSTRUCTION students from across Cumbria went head-to-head in competitions in their specialist fields.
The Cumbria Colleges construction challenge was hosted at Furness College, in Barrow, on Friday and included learners from Furness College, Kendal College, Lakes College West Cumbria and Carlisle College.
The county’s talented craft trainees displayed their skills in the areas of plastering, carpentry and joinery, brickwork and painting and decorating in the timed tests.
The events were staged in the construction workshops within the state-of-the-art CopperBox building.
The challenges were designed and developed by lecturers in the Furness College construction department.
In plastering the students were tasked with running plaster moulding and fixing them to the walls they had skimmed.
Karen Fowler, of Dalton, is a Level Two plastering diploma student at Furness College.
Mrs Fowler, 48, started the course last year after enjoying a plastering evening class.
The mother-of-three, who had previously worked in secretarial roles, fancied a change of direction once two of her children had grown up. Last year Mrs Fowler and her 20-year-old daughter, Danielle Fowler,were both students at the college, with Miss Fowler then studying brickwork.
Mrs Fowler, who was pleased with how her plastering performed on the day, said: “I really enjoyed the evening plastering class, but I was not sure if I should do it full-time. But when I came to the college they were fantastic, they were really encouraging. I really enjoy decorative plastering.”
Joinery and carpentry students were asked to build a frame using different joints of timber.
Brandon Williamson is a Kendal College Level One joinery and carpentry diploma student.
The 19-year-old, who lives in Kendal, said: “It’s going better than what I thought it would. Events like these are good for my skills and my CV. It shows where you are compared with other students.
“The new college building is nice. It seems to have everything.”
In brickwork students created a small decorative wall with a decorative panel.
Daniel Lord, 22, who is a Level Three brickwork diploma student at Lakes College West Cumbria, in Workington, said: “It’s been a good challenge, it’s going good.”
Painting and decorating students were tested on their emulsioning and creating a stencil image of the Furness College logo.
Mary Gray, 19, a Level One painting and decorating diploma student of Carlisle College, said: “It’s a really good challenge, I’m a bit competitive so I like it. The new college is very nice.”
Brian Bibby, Furness College’s construction curriculum manager, said: “The event is a Cumbria Colleges collaboration challenge. For the students it gives the trade that they are studying more meaning, and it gives them the chance to see how they compare against other students.
“We hope it may encourage the students to enter the SkillsBuild competitions. There has been a good standard of work on show. For some of the learners this is their first year in training.
“Hopefully it will give them aspiration to progress.”
First published at 16:21, Monday, 04 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
- Funniest Twitter responses to best ever Apprentice episode
- Roman fertility god banned by Facebook
- £450,000 boost to Rosehill theatre redevelopment
- Firm uses Skype to help client in Ebola zone
- Will Lloyds Bank branches in Cumbria be saved from the axe?
- Firms urged to aim higher at Growth Twenty14
- Over 2000 new businesses set up in Cumbria this year
- MPs press rail minister to invest in Furness line
- 20,000 will use Carlisle airport to get to USA
- Cumbria business discovers amazing Roman treasure
- Cranston’s: we won’t leave to grow
- Hotel wins top Facebook award
- Cumbria businessman lauded nationally as visionary
- Keep ownership until cash is in the bank
- Never underestimate the importance of lists
- Eight global markets already lined up for Lakes Gin
- Lakeland kitchenware predicting rapid growth
- Nuclear skills time bomb can be halted
- Should firms support Labour's minimum wage plans?
- Carlisle Living Awards: winners revealed
- Cumbrian village digs its own broadband network
- Story Homes submits plan for 190 houses in north Carlisle (46 comments)
- Record occupancy for Cumbria hotel
- New firefighters’ burning ambition to help save lives
- Science fair sure to attract some bright sparks
- Gold medal for Brampton apprentice at national auto competition
- New hotel team is ready to push the business forward
- Scotland move for motorway services empire
- What is a grant of probate?
- Look ahead
BBC News business headlines
- What is a grant of probate?
- Look ahead
- Herd instinct grips crowded ringside
- Andrew brings his skills and flair to the table
- Foreign growth secret to playground firm’s success
- Orders on tap for brewer’s customers
- Helping young people to build skills is inspiring
- Spa’s all worked out beautifully for Nat
- Cumbrian credit union takes on banks with new services
- West Cumbria's economy one of fastest growing
- Barrow apprentice scoops national award
- Signalling problems and staff shortages cause Barrow train disruption
- Carlisle man made threat to kill neighbour, court told
- One dead, four injured in road crash
- UPDATED: Busy north Cumbrian road reopened after crash
- Burglars target north Cumbrian petrol station
- Public meeting over cuts to Cumbria police budget
- Nominate a Christmas Star for a special treat
- Outrage at theft from disabled man in Barrow
- Cumbrian girl having life-changing operation today