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Museum Apprentice In Welding Challenge

Museum Apprentice In Welding Challenge
Alex Weston, an Apprentice in the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, this week achieved third place in the ‘Trainee Welders Challenge’ held at City of Wolverhampton College. The challenge took place on Monday 4th April 2011, where twenty-five first year Engineering trainees took on a series of challenges testing their welding ability and skill.

The competition aimed to raise awareness of apprenticeships and allowed young apprentices to compete in industry level tasks, more complex and challenging than they would normally train for at this stage of their course.  Alex beat off tough competition to win a selection of prizes, including welding equipment and vouchers for engineering company BOC.

Currently in the first year of his apprenticeship scheme, Alex a full time student studying ‘Engineering’ at City of Wolverhampton College works in the Museum’s Conservation Centre during the college holidays.  As part of Alex’s apprenticeship as General Engineering Workshop Technician, he will be trained in the art of machining, welding and metal fabrication; such skills are needed for the construction of the many specialist support, suspension and transportation devices and systems the museum requires to protect or display its exhibits. 

Last year saw the formation of a new partnership between the RAF Museum and Wolverhampton College for the academic and specialist vocational education of the new apprentices as well as the assessment and verification of their skills for NVQ awards. 

The Museum is committed to preserving Aviation Heritage through its conservation of aircraft and associated exhibits, whilst recognising the need to ensure that unique skills are retained, nurtured and developed amongst the younger generation in respect of fostering ongoing aircraft conservation efforts for the foreseeable future.


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