A passion for Carpentry leads to award

18 year old Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice at Warrington Collegiate, Elliot Humphreys from Culcheth, is celebrating after taking second place at the SkillBuild Competition (North West Region) in the senior category, making him one of the youngest entrants.Elliot HumpheysElliot was competing in a tough, fiercely fought competition. Many of the students were studying at a level above Elliott and some had worked in the industry for a few years, accumulating a wealth of experience, making them experts in their field.

A delighted Elliot says, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be awarded second place. Carpentry is my passion and one day I’m hoping to have my own company specialising in renovations.   I’d really like to thank my lecturers at college and the company I work for, Trinity Renovations, who have given me so much encouragement and support.”

Trinity Renovations recognised Elliot’s achievements with a £100 Bonus and a congratulatory letter from their Head Office in Lymm.

Ben Whitfield, Lecturer in Carpentry and Joinery at Warrington Collegiate says, “This is a fantastic achievement for Elliot, his hard work and dedication is an inspiration to others.   I’m certain that Elliott can look forward to a very successful career in the industry. The Skillbuild Competitions build on a long tradition of encouraging young people to develop their skills and craftsmanship and achieve the very highest standards of Skills.”

At just 18 Elliot has already gained a great deal of experience in the industry working on renovations at Salford Cathedral in Manchester as well as being part of a team restoring an old pottery Stoke on Trent.

The next step for this talented young man is waiting to hear if he has score highly enough at regional level to be one of the finalists in the national competition at the NEC later this year.

Students can find out more about wide variety of Vocational Courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Professional Qualifications on offer at Warrington Collegiate by visiting the Open Evening and Skills Show on Monday 22 June, 5-7pm.