Carpentry apprentice raises roof in regional qualifier

Carpentry apprentice raises roof in regional qualifier

One of our carpentry apprentices is in the running for a place in the WorldSkills UK finals after clinching joint first place in the regional qualifier

Jack Delany was one of three competitors from the North West to receive a certificate of merit for his planning, measuring and building of a roof.

Students and apprentices were judged on their understanding of the project, including the geometrics required to make the precision pieces within a six-hour time-frame at Bolton College on Thursday 16th May.

The Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery apprentice, who finished with an hour to spare, said: “It was my tutor Tony Wood’s support the whole way through that ultimately got me to where I was.

“I came back to Stockport College to do my Level 3 after a break. People asked me what I was doing as I was already working, but I just feel at my most positive in this [Stockport College’s] environment.

“So I had a gap between my Levels 1 and 2 and then my Level 3, but the tutors I’ve had here for all of these courses have been fantastic. The way they guide you to coming to your own conclusion about learning, rather than spoon-feeding, really helps you retain information.”

Jack works for his dad’s business, Delany Construction, and comes into college for lessons for part of the week as an apprentice. The 27-year-old from Manchester aims to one day open his own carpentry and joinery firm.  

Carpentry tutor Anthony Wood said: “Jack is amongst the three highest scoring participants on the day, and it may be that he will be invited to compete in the UK national finals. We will have to wait and see if that is the case.

“We should be really proud of all the competitors from our College. They ‘did us proud’ on the day, especially Jack!”

Anthony arranged for each of the students and apprentices to receive a special tool kit to support future work in their trades, sponsored by Howells.