Young engineers from the Humber region are aiming to help themselves and their industry by sharpening their skills in a global challenge.
The HETA event was the first of nine which will take place nationwide by the end of June. The contestants were Aidan O’Flinn, Adam Rostron, Christopher Hodge and George Patchett from HETA and James Walker from Grimsby Institute. They will find out in July whether they have made it to the NEC competition.
Christopher, who is from Scunthorpe and works for Blackrow Engineering Ltd in Grimsby, said: “I thought this would be something good to put on my CV and on references. It’s also a bit of fun coming into it without having any idea what they will want you to make. It’s a lot more challenging. It would be nice to get to the NEC and even better to get to Russia because it could lead to a lot of opportunities.
Adam, who lives at Barrow on Humber and recently joined Weightlifter Group in Scunthorpe, said: “I’ve learned a lot at HETA. I did this because I wanted to challenge myself and see how far I can get.”
This is the third year that HETA has hosted WorldSkills at CATCH. Mick Jaques, fabrication and welding instructor at HETA, said: “We do it to give the lads experience and we provide the facilities to give them the best chance of doing as well as they can and showcasing their skills.
“The fact that these lads are here shows they are committed. They are passionate about the industry and they have put themselves forward to be put under pressure. That says a lot about their character. Ultimately it’s about them.”
WorldSkills challengers pictured from left are Christopher Hodge, James Walker, Aidan O’Flinn, Adam Rostron and George Patchett.