Welsh Welders Win Hat-Trick

  • Coleg Cambria, from North Wales have been crowned winners of the Weld Off 2016 for the third time
  • Hosted by Morris Site Machinery and partners Speedy Services the welders aged between 16-26 years took part in a live welding competition which was themed on ‘God Save the Queen’, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Students from Coleg Cambria have been crowned the best young welders in Britain for the third time at the sensational final of the national live welding competition, Weld Off 2016.

Four Coleg Cambria students from the North East Wales college took the top spot and prizes worth more than £3,000. Matthew Hughes, Gareth Phillips, Owen Fitzgibbon and Thomas Lavender wowed judges with their breath-taking replica of the Queen’s Royal Carriage, complete with gilded crown, ornate royal detailing and even a piece of red carpet inside which the Queen herself has stepped on.  

Morris Site Machinery, supplier of ArcGen Welding equipment and in association with Speedy, hosted the competition which required four finalist teams of students between the ages of 16- 26 years old from across the UK, to showcase their welding prowess. The competition comprised a Q&A round, a skills section and a creative test which challenged contestants to create an inspiring exhibition piece based on the theme of ‘God Save the Queen’.

The live competition hosted at Speedy’s National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, now in its third year, attracted some of the most talented welding students and apprentices from across the nation.

National business broadcaster, Steph McGovern, winner of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ at just 19 years old, attended the competition as special guest, assisted the judges and provided moral support for all the contestants throughout the day.  

The national judging panel was made-up of welding specialists from across the industry including  Michael Scarrott from awarding association for industry qualifications, EAL, who was head judge; Richard Denholm, Sales Director and Welding Specialist from Morris Site Machinery, along with Mick Link from Speedy.

Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This has been an outstanding year for the Weld-Off and it was a truly competitive atmosphere! Every year the bar is raised and we have been astounded by the level of creativity, quality and interpretation of the theme which celebrates Her Majesty at 90.

“British manufacturing is seeing a renaissance and we wanted a theme which would compliment this.  Our competition attracts and uncovers a wealth of talent and skills we have in the UK. This is something we wanted to champion and encourage more young people into engineering to ensure that Britain’s skills base and manufacturing heritage are retained as best as possible.

“Coleg Cambria continue to set the standard every year and we would like to congratulate them on their performance and achieving a hat-trick. We would also like to thank all the teams who entered and especially those who competed to make this year’s competition the best yet.”

The highly commended runners-up included apprentices from City of Wolverhampton College, who created a robust interpretation of London’s famous Tower Bridge; students from Training 2000 in Lancashire, who also took cues from the Royal Family and welded a Royal Carriage and the team from New College Durham who produced an afternoon tea setting complete with French Fancie cakes fit for the Queen and any garden party.

Jane Nugent, Marketing Director of Speedy Services, the UK’s leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company, said: “We were delighted to host the competition at our National Distribution Centre. Everyone was very impressed with the calibre and creativity of work.  The contestants’ work ethic, skill and passion really shone through and all 16 are a real credit to young people in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

UK’s Most Considerate Sites revealed

Four constructors triumph at Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards 2016

Costain, Gentoo Construction, Robert Woodhead Ltd and Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd have each been awarded the prestigious title of Most Considerate Site at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2016 National Site Awards.

This year marks the first time four sites have won the esteemed Most Considerate Site accolade, as a result of ‘value bands’ being introduced, enabling sites to be assessed against projects of similar value.

The value bands are: Under £500k; £500k to <£5m; £5m to <£10m; £10m and over, and the award-winning sites are:

  • Denton Green Bungalows project - Robert Woodhead Ltd (under £500k)

This project involved the construction of four new-build bungalows on a brownfield site in a recognised area of social deprivation in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire.

  • Linthorpe School Extension and Refurbishment - Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd (£500k to <£5m)

This project was the construction of a single-storey classroom and office extension in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.


  • The Cheviots - Gentoo Construction (£5m to <£10m)

This project was the construction of a 40-bed extra care home, alongside six new bungalows in Ashington, Northumberland.


  • A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement Scheme - Costain (£10m and over)

This scheme was the construction of a 4.7 mile section of main road, together with associated bridges and underpasses in Cheshire.

Over 3000 guests from construction sites of all different sizes attended award ceremonies held from 11-29 April in Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

This year’s National Site Awards applied to registered sites that completed in 2015.

Projects registered with the Scheme must demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of their work on the community, the environment and their workforce, and this year was no exception with around 9000 sites eligible to win a National Site Award.

The Scheme held 13 ceremonies and presented a total of 932 National Site Awards. In addition to the four Most Considerate Site awards, there were 430 Bronze, 293 Silver and 173 Gold and 32 Most Considerate Site Runners-Up.

Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, said: “Congratulations to each and every site receiving a 2016 National Site Award. Every year, the Scheme is taken aback by the many different ways contractors demonstrate their considerate credentials. This year has been no exception, with project teams across the UK serving as beacons of best practice. 

“Special congratulations go to each of the 2016 Most Considerate Sites. These sites have shown truly exceptional performance, making tremendous efforts in going way above and beyond compliance with the Scheme – taking considerate construction to a new level.

“They have worked with enthusiasm and dedication to ensure that they showcase the very best of the construction industry, helping to make construction a more attractive career choice.

“This year’s introduction of value bands underlines that no matter what size or scale of construction site, consideration towards the community, workforce and environment makes a marked difference in improving the image of the industry.

“My congratulations again, and also my thanks to all winners for their continued commitment and hard work in striving towards an ever improving construction industry. All those winning awards this year are at very forefront of making the construction industry great and they should all be very proud of how their efforts are improving our industry’s image.”

Click here to read more about awards and search the database listing all 2016 National Site Award winners.


Considerable milestone achieved for UK construction industry

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national Scheme to improve the image of the construction industry - has reached a formidable milestone; registering 90,000 construction sites. 

This historic registration was made by one of the country’s leading house builders Barratt London, for the high profile Nine Elms Point development in London.

Barratt London is also working with Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, who are the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s founder member Client Partner, and housing association L&Q to deliver 645 new homes, a new 80,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store and 27,000 sq ft of local shops, restaurants and office space at Nine Elms Point.

Following its first registration in 1997, the Scheme has become an integral part of the construction landscape and a strongly recognisable sight with its banners and posters adorning hoardings throughout the country.

One of the very few organisations to be monitoring the industry’s progress and sharing best practice on-the-ground, the Scheme undertakes around 13,000 visits to sites, companies and suppliers per year.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy commented: “The Scheme is immensely proud to reach this momentous milestone of 90,000 registered sites; it is a phenomenal achievement.

“We are delighted to present Barratt London with the 90,000th Site Registration to mark this occasion. The collaboration on the Nine Elms Point site between Barratt London, Sainsbury’s and L&Q epitomises the value of working together to achieve even higher levels of performance as considerate constructors.

“Since the Scheme was first established 19 years ago, registered sites, clients, companies and suppliers have strived for ever better performance across all aspects of our Code of Considerate Practice. However, there are still huge amounts to be done, and we look forward to helping the industry raise these standards even further.”

David Parnell, Sainsbury’s Construction and Delivery Manager for the South said: “As a Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Client Partner, we register all sites under our control to the Scheme.  We are extremely proud to see Nine Elms as the 90,000th Site Registration overall – we believe in striving for the very best in not only what we do but how we do it at our sites.”

Andy Rowland, Land & Projects Director at L&Q added: “It’s great to see Nine Elms deliver the Considerate Constructor Scheme’s 90,00th Site Registration. The Scheme plays an important role within the industry in helping to drive up standards and improve the image of construction. It’s apt that one of the most transformational development sites in London, which will provide hundreds of homes across all tenures, is also doing its part to transform the image of construction.”

Click here for further information about Site Registration.


Dustcontrol UK strengthens sales teamDust extraction specialists

Dust extraction specialists, Dustcontrol UK, has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Ian Giles as Sales Account Manager for systems for the Midlands and South Wales. Ian will improve the range of expertise offered by Dustcontrol UK, whilst his appointment also serves to highlight the ambitious intent of the firm as it looks to expand its operations.

James Miller, general manager of Dustcontrol UK, said: “Ian brings valuable additional experience whilst also improving on our client management capabilities. He’s ideally qualified to become part of our growing team and we’re excited to start working with him and see what he can deliver.”

Ian added: “It’s a fantastic opportunity at Dustcontrol and I’m delighted to be joining the company. My experience in this sector should serve me well to ensure that we deliver on our clients’ expectations and really help to drive the company forward as it looks to broaden its industry reach.”

Ian is an experienced and successful Sales Account Manager with long standing expertise in system sales and is aiming to help with the wider development of the business.

Dustcontrol supplies mobile dust extractors and stationary high vacuum extraction systems to help companies worldwide to achieve cleaner and more efficient production, as well as improved product quality and a healthier workspace. Ian will be specialising in system sales which will see him providing full support around complete extraction systems, filter units, pre-separators, accessories and system control.

James concluded: “We’ve had a really successful couple of years at Dustcontrol, and it’s a period that’s seen demand consistently increase. The awareness around the issues associated with dust are continuing to improve, and by expanding our team we hope to seize upon this opportunity, whilst also helping to add to the momentum of this awareness drive. We hope Ian will play a key role in this effort.”

For further information on Dustcontrol UK’s products, or to discuss your dust extraction requirements, then please phone 01327 858001 or email [email protected]

For further information visit www.dustcontroluk.co.uk

Wera: Tool Rebels or Conformists? TBH investigates!

While at Cologne ToolBUSINESS+HIRE  got the chance to speak to Martin Strauch, President and CEO of Wera and Ian Walford, MD of Wera UK. 

The perennially crowded, noisy and Gemutlich atmosphere of the Wera stand at the Cologne Tool Fair is a difficult place to have a serious chat with two important people in Wera about what makes the company tick. The two people concerned were Martin Strauch, President and CEO of Wera and Ian Walford, MD of Wera UK. Perhaps the reason why the interview worked at all was the interviewees showed enormous patience, incredible good humour and a sheer sense of mischief that helped us gain at least one key insight into Wera - namely that it is a serious company making seriously good products, yet one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. A paradox indeed, that may make more sense as we move on.

It all started as a chat with Ian Walford from the UK, who had promised us a cameo on life at Wera. He was in full flow, having ordered us food and drinks from the ever-busy Wera kitchen on the stand, when he spotted Martin, the CEO across the stand. Saying something like “You don’t need to hear it from me, hear it from the top man himself.” Martin was persuaded to join us and it was clear from the start that he was no stiff and starchy figurehead standing on his dignity, and very soon we were engulfed in a wide-ranging chat about many things – tools, Wera, invention, life and everything.

Martin’s starting point was Wera’s belief and aim that their tools “make life simpler, safer and full of joy for their users.” These are a set of company aims that underline the paradox of Wera in my view. Conventional companies might go for the “simpler and safer” bit but many would shy away from the “full of joy”, simply because its not corporate enough, or because they think that they can’t be responsible for its customers’ joy in using tools. The paradox was further underlined by the obvious expression of mischief in Martin’s face as he delivered the lines, and yet he took the work seriously too.

Some of this down to earth attitude might come from the fact that Martin is not a “business” person complete with MBA and accounting qualifications. He is in fact, a time served, qualified engineer with a profound understanding of the trades that are Wera’s customers, who understands that there can be as much creativity in solving an engineering issue as painting a portrait.

It is this creative approach that Martin says will make customers happier and “full of joy.” Wera’s approach to creativity is to be wide open to all and sundry ideas no matter where they come from.

It is fashionable in the tool trade to send out “field teams” to interrogate tradespeople about what they want and then translate these into new products. Again, with tongue firmly in cheek, Martin says that if Henry Ford had asked his customers what they wanted they would have replied that they needed “faster horses.” The point is that creative solutions often surprise a market, with consumers soon adopting the solutions on offer.

Wera’s creative approach has echoes of Steve Jobs’ mantra of “selling dreams, not products.” The new style of jet black packaging also echoes the distinctive, high quality ethos of Wera that makes the customers feel valued and proud to choose a superior product.

Martin also emphasized that Wera’s focus is relentlessly simple – “We focus on the screw,” so there is no fiddling on the periphery trying out ideas that are marginal to the Wera product offer. With a smallish team of engineers working full time on R&D, new ideas do not come only from them. All members of the Wera team are welcome to contribute their ideas for consideration. Ian pointed out that it was his idea to store the release pin of the new extension ratchet handle in the end of the handle itself and this is now in production (review in this edition)

The product design team also does a lot of work demonstrating their products at shows, thus completing the loop. They not only get to meet the customers who are hopefully “full of joy,” but may also pick up ideas that could lead to further developments.

Martin also had an interesting take on manufacturing. He argues that if Wera had a forging plant for instance, it would feel obliged to use the plant for production. But this might limit the possibility of exploring other manufacturing methods that may be needed to realize a range of new products. For this reason he told us that Wera is never constrained by production methods. As long as quality can be guaranteed, Wera is happy to outsource production, even outside Germany, in its search for tools that “fill us with joy.” This approach can have its downsides too, as sometimes the search for an appropriate manufacturing partner can take a long time, thus slowing the launch of a new product.

It was very clear from the reception and attitude of all Wera staff that not only do their tools try to “fill us with joy”, but they also enjoy working there. Martin confirmed that staff turnover is minimal and all are on board with the prevailing ethos.

Customers too, have their own joyous outlet for ideas and expression. Wera users are encouraged to join the Wera “Tool Rebels” website where they can share their own sensible, inventive, odd or eccentric ideas for using their tools as well as expressing their passion for the Wera philosophy.  Again, this creates a great feedback loop for R&D, and becomes a forum for problem solving and idea sharing. The kind of feedback that companies pay valuable money for, and it sure beats focus groups.

So, next time you buy a Wera product, you might have a bit more of an insight into what goes into it – another loop completed, and yet still the same Wera paradox applies: - a fun company with serious products? Or a serious company with fun products? Or do they both exist?  

To read Peter's Wera Reviews, click here.

For more information on Wera Tools, please visit www.wera-tools.co.uk.

C.K Are Preparing for a Prosperous 2016


By Graham Godfrey- Brand Manager at C.K tools for Carl Kammerling International

A positive forecast is predicted for the construction industry in 2016. Demand remains strong in the sector and the government is committed to construction and infrastructure programmes[1], which will take time and manpower to deliver. 2016 is a year for tradesmen to invest in quality equipment and processes, creating a solid platform with which to capitalise on this optimistic projection.

The need for quality equipment cannot be underestimated - the standard of tools used plays a vital role in the speed, efficiency and quality of a project’s completion. Substandard, outdated tools impact negatively upon productivity, and can result in a shoddy finish on a job. Tradesmen should invest in the toughest products to withstand the demands of a building site. Purchasing products that have a long lifespan is also cost efficient.

C.K tools is constantly monitoring and assessing the needs of the industry in order to develop new tools for professional use. The company works closely with a dedicated group of professional tradesmen to understand better how they work and what they need from a tool.

Through this process, we have witnessed a rise in popularity of impact drills among our focus group, where tradesmen expressed a need for robust impact bits that would offer improved performance. A drill is one of the most popular and versatile elements of a toolbox, the bread and butter for tradesmen. The rise in multifunctional power tools has been significant in recent years, so much so that power tools comprise 85.5 per cent of the market, with drills making up the largest share at almost 40 per cent. However, without the best quality screwdriver bits, getting the job done efficiently is not guaranteed.

Addressing key issues that affect tradesmen and providing the right solution in terms of products is essential. We understand that durability, accuracy and strength are all requirements for professional results, and so C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits have been manufactured from exceptionally tough, specially formulated V8 alloy steel, providing a vastly extended working life compared to standard screwdriver bits.

With impact drills combining much higher rotational torque than traditional drills, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits feature torsion control technology to withstand the stresses of high torque applications, resulting in less bit breakage, which can delay the completion of a job.

C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits dramatically increase speed and productivity on the job, offering proven performance to the trade.

As the industry expands, tradesmen are under increasing pressure to complete a job in good time to meet demand. Therefore, good quality tools are imperative for all professional tradesmen to help service a job quickly and efficiently and move on to the next. Construction is one of the largest sectors in the UK, contributing over £90 billion to the economy. As such, continuously creating innovative, superior tools that are fit for purpose and stand the test of time is fundamental to supporting tradesmen in 2016 as the construction industry continues to grow.

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704 

Construction industry can now show how it is Building Social Value

Introducing the new resource from the Considerate Constructors Scheme to capture the social value created through construction.  Building Social Value - a simple way to report on the social value created through construction - has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme for all Scheme registered sites, companies and suppliers.

Building Social Value has been developed by the Scheme in conjunction with a number of leading construction companies and industry clients across the UK:  Basildon Borough Council; Kier Group plc; Land Securities Group plc; and Morgan Sindall. 

By using the Scheme to carry out the report, contractors and clients recognise that gaining a professional, third-party report will help them to evaluate the impact of their construction sites in creating social value.

Scheme Monitors will visit construction sites and record the social value created, using the Social Value Monitoring Checklist. The Monitor will then produce a Building Social Value report, based on the results gathered from the Checklist.

All sites, companies and suppliers undertaking Building Social Value will then have the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their commitment to creating social value by displaying Building Social Value posters.

Since the Social Value Act came into force in 2013 there has been a requirement to focus on how the construction industry creates social value. While the act applies to the public sector, many private clients are also taking into account social benefits when awarding construction contracts.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “Construction activity produces huge amounts of social value for local communities, the local economy and the environment. It is, however, difficult to define, capture and report on this value creation. Building Social Value will provide construction, clients and the public with a much-needed understanding of the extent to which a particular construction project has created opportunities for long-term social value.” 

Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health and Safety at Land Securities commented: “We greatly value this service, as do our extensive supply chain. It gives us a cost effective and independent means of measuring social value from our many developments across the UK. I would recommend all clients to take advantage of this facility if they wish to play a leading role in delivering the best possible social value to the communities they conduct their businesses within.”

Basildon Borough Council Asset Strategy Manager, Daniel Greenwood added: “Social value plays a central role in all our procurement activity and having a consistent and robust way to measure outcomes has been a constant challenge. Building Social Value really adds confidence that projects are delivering on our promises to the community.”

Click on the link to find out more about Building Social Value: www.buildingsocialvalue.org.uk

About the Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.

Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.

The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

The Scheme provides the Best Practice Hub, a comprehensive online resource showcasing best practice in the construction industry. The Best Practice Hub hosts a wealth of tips, expertise, guidance and case studies to help constructors learn from their peers and raise industry standards.

Visit Building Social Value at www.buildingsocialvalue.org.uk

For further information about the Scheme, visit www.ccscheme.org.uk  

New PSE Code of Practice introduced

A new code of practice on electrical testing has been developed to ensure that hirers of portable and temporary welfare units meet their safety responsibilities.

The new document has been introduced by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) the trade association representing the interests of members involved in the hire and rental of on-site welfare units r portable companies, in partnership with electrical safety testing specialist Seaward.

In keeping with the main type of electrical hire equipment and facilities available from PSE members, the new guide pays particular attention to the safety needs associated with hot wash units, welfare units and luxury trailer units.

The Code of Practice provides an overview of the safety measures required for hire units that incorporate electrical accessories and appliances, along with the procedures for inspection, testing and maintenance during both pre and post hire periods.

As well as detailing the sort of testing that should typically be carried out, the document also includes advice on the role of in house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment.

To help dutyholders carry out the regular inspection and testing of portable welfare units Seaward has put together dedicated PSE test packages, comprising all the appropriate test instrumentation and accessories needed to carry out electrical testing safely and efficiently.

Details of the new Code of Practice for electrical safety testing of PS units are available from the PSE via www.pse-org.uk or from www.seaward.co.uk

Sika Appoints New General Manager

Global building product manufacturer, Sika, has appointed Dragan Maksimović as General Manager, a role that will see him build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets. 

Dragan joined Sika in 2002. Based in Belgrade he was responsible for developing the company’s operation in Serbia where the company today has become market leader in a number of local market sectors with a strong operation and its own production facilities for concrete admixtures and mortars.

The new appointment will see him build on the already well established Sika and Everbuild brands in the UK. In 2016, the company is aiming to achieve 6% growth in net sales whilst maintaining profitability levels. Major focuses that will help the company achieve this centre on further development of its network of specifiers, strengthening relationships with key specialist distributors and adding to the Sika contractor networks. The company will also continue to focus efforts on securing major projects via its Major Project Management Team, who have shown great success in 2015, as well as developing inter-company business.

In 2013, Sika acquired Everbuild Building Products, the UK’s largest manufacturer of Sealants, Adhesives and Construction Chemicals. This acquisition proved to be a major success for Sika with the Everbuild brand achieving sales in excess of £87 million in over 70 countries. 

“I strongly believe that teamwork stands behind every result and that people do make the difference,” commented Dragan. “Relationships inside the company and towards the customers are the main drivers for sustainable good results. Sika UK is a strong company and I am looking forward to the challenge of growing the brand in the UK.”

Sika UK has grown steadily over the past few years, reaching one of the highest sales and profit results of Sika globally, despite operating in challenging market conditions.

Dragan takes over from Ivo Schaedler who has taken on the extended responsibility of Area Manager Europe South, responsible for the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Mauritius within Sika.

For more information, please contact Helen Waller at [email protected]

Weld Off 2016 competition sparks search to crown top young talent

Weld Off 2016, a competition to celebrate the skills of the UK’s top young welders and help them forge ahead with their careers, was launched today (12 January) by leading equipment manufacturer Morris Site Machinery.

The company, based in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton and supplier of ArcGen welder generators, is now seeking entries from promising welders aged 16 – 26 who are in college or at work.

Back for its third year, The Weld Off is set to celebrate some great British milestones in its 2016 competition, by challenging the UK’s young welding talent with the theme: God Save the Queen.

 From Her Majesty celebrating 90 years in May, The Prince’s Trust reaching its 40th anniversary - the same year that Punk arrived and the Sex Pistols recorded their eponymous No 1 hit - it’s a timely theme to fire up the imagination. Morris Site Machinery’s welding brand ArcGen, in conjunction with Speedy Services, EAL and KEMPPI are on the hunt for the UK’s top young welders to use their bright sparks to now translate this year’s theme ‘God Save the Queen’ into a piece of welded creativity.

The four teams who make the final will face a series of challenges to demonstrate their ability and knowledge with a Q&A and safety round, a welding skills section and a creative test on the theme ‘God Save the Queen’. At stake is a top prize of £1,000 for their welding department or workplace, plus £500 for each member of the winning team.

Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This is a great opportunity for budding young welders to think around this very current theme and bring to life their own spin on it.  We’re expecting some great interpretations and fantastic entries to demonstrate all the talent out there. The UK welding industry is a competitive one and we want to help young people get ahead and enhance their skills and knowledge with this competition.”

The teams will have to work together to impress judges including Mick Link from Speedy Services, Head Judge Michael Scarrott from EAL and welding specialist Richard Denholm returning as a judge in his new role as Sales Director for Morris Site Machinery.

Jane Nugent, Marketing Director at Speedy Services, said: “Speedy are once again delighted to being a part of ‘The Weld Off’ and to help promote this unique competition to an even wider audience for 2016. The Weld Off is a fabulous opportunity for young apprentices and students to showcase their talents and creativity, whilst also helping them develop their careers in the welding industry.”

Michael Scarrott from EAL, said: “We are keen to encourage young people to learn skills and gain confidence that will help them be successful in careers in valuable industries such as welding. We would urge students either employed in industry or at college, and employers and tutors, to get a team together and enter Weld Off 2016 ahead of the closing date on 11 March.”

The competition will be judged in two stages. There is a paper-based/online entry for the first round and the competitive live Weld Off final will be held at Speedy’s National Distribution Centre in Centurion Park, Tamworth, on 11 May.

The deadline for entries is 11March. To download an entry form, please go to www.morrismachinery.co.uk/weld-off


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