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Lakes College Students win Silver and Bronze at SkillWeld Finals

Two students from Lakes College are celebrating after winning bronze and silver at a national welding competition.

Sam Meagan and Conor Alexander won a bronze and silver medal respectively at the three-day Skills Show event in Birmingham.

SkillWeld is organised by the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) and aims to showcase the best talent in the welding industry. Independent judges assessed the work of the competitors who were awarded with medals at a ceremony.

Both Sam and Conor qualified for the Skills Show after qualifying from the SkillWeld heats which took place earlier this year.

Sam, 19, from Cleator Moor, said: “I am very happy with my performance on the day and I gave it my best shot. SkillWeld was a fantastic opportunity for me to practice my welding skills, and I’m looking forward to applying what I learnt throughout the competition to my apprenticeship.”

Conor, 22, from Whitehaven, said: “I really enjoyed the experience and I gave my best performance on the day. I’ve come a long way from doing my Level 1 Work Skills with Lakes College and I’m really proud of my result.”

The students are both studying the Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Fabrication & Welding. Sam is an apprentice with Hargreaves Ltd and Conor is an apprentice with Hertel. Fellow student Conor Greenhow also took part in the competition, but didn’t win a medal.

Lakes College welding tutor Clive Bell is also a UK WorldSkills welding expert and trains welders across the UK for the finals. He said: “This is our third year on the podium at SkillWeld. We’ve managed to win a total of five medals in three years, which is a fantastic achievement. I am very proud of all my students who competed on the day. They all put in a huge amount of effort and it was a fantastic experience for all of them.”