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Sparks Flying at SkillWeld Regional Semi-Final

Josh Tuson, an apprentice from Haverfordwest, is eagerly awaiting news of whether he is a finalist of the SkillWeld Regional welding competition.

The fomer Pembrokshire College student reached the semi final and demonstrated his weling skills over four hours of challenges to test his skills on a variety of different welding techniques.

Josh created four test pieces including a four-inch pipe butt, an aluminium TIG pipe to plate, a stainless steel TIG fillet and a vertical MAG fillet, all being welded in numerous positions and using a range of consumables.

After progressing through the engineering route at college, said: “I can’t wait to find out if I’ve reached the final – although I’m pleased to be ranked in the top two in South Wales.”

Josh completed Level 2 NVQ Engineering and Level 3 Enhanced Engineering at Pembrokeshire College in 2016 and immeditely entered into full-time employment as an apprentice with Jenkins and Davies (Pembroke).

He is waiting to find out if he has a place in the National Final in November.

College Lecturer Jo Bradshaw said: “We’re delighted to see Josh compete in the SkillWeld semi-final. He’s worked hard and the quality of his work is of a very high standard. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he reaches the final as he is a very talented young man.”

Reaching the final heat at the NEC in Birmingham would mean that Josh could be in with a chance of being selected for the Long Squad, who represent Team UK in the WorldSkills competition which will be held in Russia in 2019.