A scale model of Tower Bridge made by bright sparks at City of Wolverhampton College will be on display at a national trade exhibition next week.

The working model – made by four engineering apprentices studying for Level 2 and 3 qualifications in manufacturing, fabrication and welding – will be showcased at Speedy Expo, in Liverpool, on November 1 and 2.

The team –  Daniel Morton, Riley Bridgewater and Joe Philpott, who all work for Moog Aircraft Group in Wolverhampton and Kenan Wilks, who is employed by Radshape in Birmingham  – planned, designed and manufactured the model when they competed in the finals of Weld-Off 2016 – a national welding competition – in May.

The competition, run by Morris Site Machinery, aimed to identify top talent among young welders aged 16-26 and required participants to demonstrate their technical skills by producing a welded piece of metalwork on the theme of God Save the Queen, in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Neil Davies, curriculum manager for engineering at the college, said: “The apprentices worked extremely hard to design and manufacture their model and we are delighted that visitors to the exhibition will be able to see how combining working in the industry with studying for qualifications at college enables young people to develop skills that will lead to promising future careers.”

Speedy Expo is a two-day event at Liverpool Exhibition Centre which showcases tools and equipment used in the automotive, industrial products, logistics and transport industries.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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