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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Jamie’s joy at welding competition triumph

COPELAND has the two best welders in Cumbria and Scotland – and that’s official.

Double delight: Jamie Hayton (left) and Jamie Robinson, both Lakes College students, who came first and second respectively in the SkillsWeld competition. Jamie Hayton said: “It’s great to be acknowledged for my good work.”

By Lucy Grosvenor

Jamie Hayton, from Frizington, took home first place in the regional finals last week.

The 25-year-old is in his third year at Lakes College doing a City and Guilds NVQ in welding and proved himself against 12 finalists including fellow Lakes welding student, Jamie Robinson, who came second.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet I have won,” he said. “It’s great to be acknowledged for my good work.”

Jamie Hayton – a welder at Tata Steel in Workington – was first told about the SkillsWeld 2014 competition by his college lecturer.

Jamie had to do test fabrications and scored 365 out of 400 which secured him a place in the regional contest in Motherwell, Scotland.

“I was late getting into welding but I have found something I really enjoy doing,” he said.

“It was a tough day, and I was up against a lot of good welders but I’m thrilled to have walked away as the best welder in the Cumbria and Scotland.”

On the day, Jamie had to do a four test pieces showing his welding abilities for different joints used within the industry.

He welded a six G pipe at a 45 degree angle, a vertical T joint, an aluminum pipe to plate and an overhead T joint with stainless steel.

The competition was judged by SkillsWeld 2014 representatives and Jamie scored 207 points out of 240.

He has won a new welding screen from the company.

This is the first year since 1989 an employee from Tata Steel has had an entrant in the SkillsWeld contest.

Jamie added: “I keep getting handshakes and congratulations from people at work, it’s so nice everyone has supported me.

“I’m just going to work hard to keep my reputation of the best welder.”

Clive Bell, welding tutor at Lakes College, said: “We are very proud of the students’ achievements in the competition and it’s a great platform to display the skills that they’ve learned.

“They have both worked very hard so far and are now keen to progress to the finals in November.”

There are seven regions across the UK with competitions still taking place. The top 10 regional scorers will then go on to compete in the national welding competition at the Birmingham NEC in November.


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