Immingham apprentice strikes gold in competition

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Feb 2019

AN apprentice roofer from Immingham has shown the rest of the UK how it is done after bringing back a gold from the national WorldSkills UK competition.

Joseph Turner won the top title in the “Roofing: Slating and Tiling” final at the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

He works for The Roofing Corporation in Grimsby, having completed Level Two and Three NVQs with Leeds College of Building - a third successive year it had excelled.

Joseph Turner competing in World Skills.

The 25-year-old said: “I do a lot of handmade tiling with clay tiles - both plain and pan tiles - so working with machine-made clay tiles was a lot easier for me, and we also do a lot of ornamental slating, so I knew what I needed to do to win. I just had to make sure I worked to the points scheme given to me and to a good pace to complete it on time!”

WorldSkills UK competitions run over three days at the NEC Birmingham, covering 70 disciplines and in partnership with leading industry brands.

Chris Messenger, Leeds College of Building lecturer, said: “I am so proud of Joe - he has worked incredibly hard and deserves his gold.

“I’m also proud that the college has set the standard and showcased the skills required to achieve this national award.”



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