Supporting Chesterfield’s Apprentices

Supporting Chesterfield’s Apprentices

16 Jul 2015

Congratulations to Matthew Harris who has been named the 2015 recipient of Chesterfield College’s Advanced Apprentice of the Year award.
Sponsored by Lincoln Electric, the award acknowledges the high standard of work Matthew has produced and distinction grades he has achieved in all of his ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding units.

Matthew is an advanced apprentice at Glapwell Contracting Services, Chesterfield; who specialize in the design, manufacture and supply of pipeline launching and receiving pig traps, pressure vessels, bespoke fabrication and nuclear auxiliary systems.
Speaking of his success Matthew has said, “It was a marvellous surprise to win the award as I know I was up against some good quality welders and fabricators within my group. It was an even bigger surprise to be awarded a fantastic auto darkening welding helmet from Lincoln Electric UK. I use their consumables and equipment at work and college and I now have a state of the art welding helmet which will only improve my welding skills and techniques”.

Chesterfield College’s Fabrication & Welding department has been awarded Showcase status by the Awarding Body Consortium (ABC); a leading national awarding body which develops diverse, high-quality vocational qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14.

The College have a long standing relationship with Lincoln Electric. Staff and students alike have been liaising with the company over many years, including numerous visits to Lincoln’s showroom and workshop in Aston, Sheffield to view and discuss the latest advancements in welding technology. Lincoln’s popular VRTEX welding simulator was also on show at the ABC Showcase Centre presentation event earlier this year.

Deputy Head of Learning Advanced Technologies at Chesterfield, Ray Peet has added, “We are the only welding Showcase Centre in the country and have been for 2 years running. We choose Lincoln Electric because we believe them to be the leading manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment, continually introducing new products, technology, and innovations. Furthermore, Lincoln have kindly supported our apprentices by sponsoring awards for the last 3 years”.

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