Furniture Studies students from Northamptonshire’s Moulton College have come second and fourth in the national finals of the SkillBuild Cabinet Making competition held at The Skills Show in November.
James Boyes, who came second despite being the youngest entrant, has now gained a place in the national cabinet making squad and is in with a chance to represent Britain at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Russia.
Medal-winner James and fellow student Samuel Matthews, whose work was highly commended, spent three days at the NEC in Birmingham constructing mounted cabinets from 3D technical drawings while 73,000 visitors passed and watched.
Moulton lecturer Bruce Marsh commented: “The work was precise and detailed, with zero tolerances, various joints and shaped legs for the cabinets. The boys were operating under enormous pressure and scrutiny. They’ve done themselves proud.”
SkillBuild, organised by the Construction Industry Training Board, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices. WorldSkills operates internationally and is supported by the European Commission, acting as a stimulus for excellence in developing skills worldwide.
For more information about carpentry, joinery and cabinet making courses at Moulton College go to http://www.moulton.ac.uk/our-courses/further-education/carpentry-and-joinery.