The apprentice welders who will carry our hopes into the final on 5-7 November 2013 will be 18 year olds Jack Culbert and Ari Ross, who were announced winner and runner-up respectively of the internal competition held in Barrow's shipyard this month.
The candidates, both from Barrow, will go up against a total of 10 apprentices from five shipyards across the country in a bid for the prestigious title of ‘Best Welding Apprentice in UK Shipbuilding’ in the national competition in November.
Jack and Ari beat off competition from six other BAE Systems’ apprentices during the internal rounds of the competition when they were tested on two pieces – and the standard of work from all candidates won universal praise from their tutors.
BAE Systems Operations Process Manager for welding, Adrian Backhouse, said: “This year we had more competitors than ever before and I would be proud to have put my name to any of the pieces they completed in the internal rounds – the standard has been exceptional.
“On a normal day, Jack and Ari are welding major submarine components which is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and pressure. In our industry, only the highest standards of workmanship are acceptable as lives could be at stake.
“We pride ourselves on training our apprentices to highest of standards and competitions like these prove just how much talent we have here at BAE Systems.”