Three apprentices from leading canmaking equipment manufacturer, CMB Engineering were awarded a medallion of excellence at the WorldSkills International competition.
Standing 4th in their category, the team representing the UK in the Manufacturing Team Challenge were the only participants from the canmaking industry to make it to the finals in Leipzig.
Held recently from the 2nd to the 7th of July 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, the WorldSkills International tournament brought together teams of talented young individuals from more than 53 countries around the world. The tournament is considered the ultimate test of apprentices, with participants aged 18 to 25 competing for medals in more than 40 different categories such as polymechanics and automation, web design, mobile robotics, prototype modelling, electrical installation, welding, bricklaying, cooking and landscape gardening.
Andrew Maguire, George Moffat and Daniel Gebhard represented CMB Engineering and the UK as part of the competition’s Manufacturing Team Challenge. Teams from eleven other countries competed in the challenge, which relies on innovative thinking and multi-disciplinary skills, including electrical engineering, CNC milling or manual milling and turning.
CMB Engineering’s apprentices were the only team from a canmaking background to make it through to the international final, where they competed against teams from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Finland, France, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands and Chinese Taipei to take the fourth spot.
The CMB Engineering team showcased their excellence in engineering by designing and producing a solar powered can and bottle crushing disposal unit. Andrew Wilkinson, a mechanical engineer from CMB Engineering who represented the company in the 2009 WorldSkills UK competition, mentored the team.
Earlier this year, CMB Engineering’s team was chosen to represent the country in Leipzig after beating teams from leading British manufacturers at the WorldSkills UK national competition. The CMB Engineering team was awarded first prize for the design and production of a high speed water pumping unit in preparation for the finals.
Maguire, Moffat and Gebhard are all enrolled in CMB Engineering’s highly regarded 4-year apprenticeship program of electrical or mechanical engineering, which includes formal study at Leeds or Bradford College and practical experience working alongside the company’s professional engineering teams. At the end of their development programs, the young apprentices graduate with a level three National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), and a higher national certificate in mechanical or electrical engineering, enabling them to work towards a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.
Andrew Truelove, newly appointed General Manager at CarnaudMetalbox Engineering explains that CMB Engineering sees this apprenticeship programme as a key driver of their technology leadership, as engineers exchange ideas and expertise with the new generation of apprentices. Several former apprentices, including Andrew work in key positions within the company, or in the canmaking industry at large.
To prepare for the WorldSkills Competition, each member of Team UK participated in an intense 18-month training programme to ensure they could perform at the world-class standard in their skill over four days of tough competition.