Gold Award SAC(T) Jake Law, Worldskills National Competition 2011

Gold Award Winner in Aeronautical Engineering.

Having completed his L3 NVQ, SAC(T) Law was selected from his peer group and nominated by the NVQ assessor team to compete in the WorldSkills 2011 National Competition for Aeronautical Engineering. WorldSkills UK is a portfolio of skills competitions managed by the National Apprenticeship Service and the event in London, attended by the Prime Minister and AVM Julian Young, was the largest ever International skills competition and careers event. Young people from 51 countries/regions were competing to be the best of the best in their chosen skill.

The WorldSkills independent education foundation Edge, are sponsors of Squad UK, Team UK and the WorldSkills, UK Alumni. Its purpose is to raise the status of practical and vocational learning in the UK. There are many paths to success, and all young people should be able to choose practical and vocational learning as a natural and respected route to success.

The UK WorldSkills Alumni are fantastic examples of the sort of success that can be achieved, proving there is amazing talent across the UK. As positive role models, UK Alumni members can play an important role in inspiring young people to explore their own talents through hands-on and skills-related learning, in activities from Stonemasonry to Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.

After completing an online assessment SAC(T) Jake Law was invited to take part at a three day event at Barry College in Wales to compete against seven other top applicants (1xRAF, 2xQinetiQ, 3xThomas Cook airline and 1xNewcastle College) who had completed the online assessment for Aircraft maintenance. There were several tasks to undertake including flight servicing, flying control rigging, hydraulic circuit build, boroscope inspection, blade blending, airframe repair and a written exam, all of which were assessed.

At the end of the event the results were announced with Jake receiving the Gold Award. ‘The whole experience was a great chance to see civilian and military engineering disciplines at their best. It was a great opportunity to compete against civilians of the same trade and see the differences between their world and ours.

The Gold Award winners of the National competitions for all trades and skills were later invited to receive their awards at the International WorldSkills event held this year at London Excel where the competitors of the International event were undergoing the challenge in a worldwide showcase of skill
and ability.

Having won the Gold Award for his outstanding engineering ability, SAC(T) Law will be invited to participate at the next International event. An extremely talented individual his outstanding engineering acumen has elevated the RAF on both the National and International WorldSkills stage. Demonstrating Service engineering excellence at it best, Jake should be justifiably proud of his efforts.

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