CMB apprentices to represent UK at WorldSkills in Brazil

A team of young engineers from CMB Engineering has excelled in this year’s Manufacturing Team Challenge category at the national WorldSkills UK competition, winning first prize for the design and production of a remote control forklift.

The WorldSkills competition rewards talent and seeks to increase knowledge across a number of industries by encouraging apprenticeships, skills development and further education for young people starting out in vocational and manufacturing roles. The young engineers from CMB Engineering will now go on to represent the UK in the global WorldSkills final, which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from August 11-16, 2015.

The team is made up of Chris Renwick, Patrick Devanney and Dominic Trees. All three members have been trained by CMB Engineering’s long-running apprenticeship scheme, which centres around a four-year programme of either electrical or mechanical engineering and includes time spent in formal study at Bradford College or Leeds City College, as well as practical experience working alongside the company’s professional engineering teams. Taking part in the Competition enables the UK to share best practice in vocational teaching, raising standards and expertise in further education, skills and apprenticeships.

Participating manufacturing teams were provided with initial design criteria for a motorised forklift truck ahead of the competition and then tasked with manufacturing and assembling, including producing full 2D and 3D CAD drawings of all manufactured parts, electrical circuit drawings and the programmable logic controller (PLC) program.

“We are thrilled that our boys will be on that plane to Brazil, representing the very best of British manufacturing” said Andrew Truelove, general manager at CMB Engineering. “Their selection is an outstanding achievement and a fine testament to the value and quality of the apprenticeship schemes we are proud to run at CMB Engineering. We drive invention within the can making industry and we firmly believe in investing the time needed to develop and nurture all of our employees. Our young team’s success is a showcase of how we continue to set a benchmark for the industry and push innovation forward.”


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