Carpenter set for competition success

A Shrewsbury College carpentry apprentice will compete in the final of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition in Preston next week.

20 year old Jedd Renshaw, who is employed by Philip Jones Flat Roofing Contractor, scooped first prize in the regional heat of SkillBuild 2012 earlier this year. He now faces a gruelling two and a half day construction test against 11 of the country’s top site carpentry apprentices in the national final.

“The regional heat was quite nerve-wracking,” said Jedd. “I’m really excited about competing again – I want to go the whole way.”

Stuart Raine, Assistant Head of Technology at Shrewsbury College, said: “Jedd has all the attributes to win the national final. He has been practising on past competition pieces and has received some peer coaching from former Shrewsbury College apprentice Joe Price, who competed at this level last year.”

The test pieces of the final are designed to challenge the ability of entrants to follow detailed instructions, produce accurate and neat work outputs, be economical with materials and work to strict timescales – all essential requirements for today’s construction industry.

If successful in London, Jedd may have the opportunity to compete for a place in the UK Squad at the WorldSkills competition, which will be held in Leipzig, Germany, next year.
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