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Sparks fly at NPTC
SPARKS flew when Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC) played host to the South Wales Regional Finals of the 2012 Welder Wales Competition recently.
Billy Davies from Pembroke College took first place, followed closely behind by NPTC's Steen Grundy, who shared second place with Neil Brace, also from Pembroke College. Third place went to Adam Miller from Gower College.
The event, which is sponsored by BOC, is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and part-funded through the European Social Fund (ESF). It encourages excellence in welding skills amongst Welsh trainees and apprentices.Four regional finalists from north Wales will join the south Wales competitors and compete in the National Final being held at Gower College later this year (July 4th and 5th) for the title of 'Best Welsh Welder'.
The competition is part of the Assembly Government's SkillsCompetition Wales, which involves colleges and training providers across the country holding competitions in a wide range of skill sectors ranging from plumbing and electrics to catering and hairdressing, with the aim to raise the profile of vocational and trades people throughout the country.
Deputy Minister for Skills, John Griffiths, said: 'SkillsCompetition Wales is about craftsmanship and being the best of the best in your chosen vocation or trade. This is an exciting opportunity for all those in vocations and trades in Wales to showcase their talents. The competitions provide a platform for the nation's vocational talents to be recognised and developed.'
From leftto right: 3rd place Adam Miller,joint 2nd place Neil Brace, Winner Billy Davies and NPTC's Steen Grundy who came joint 2nd place.