Craig Burns will be welding for England

Craig Burns will be travelling to Germany to represent the UK in the 2013 Weld Cup - an annual competition that sees teams of young welders from across Europe put their skills to the test.

Barrow-born Craig, 23, completed his apprenticeship  this year and is now a pipe welder on the third Astute class submarine, Artful. He was encouraged to take part in the competition after impressing his tutors and was selected to represent the country after winning the North West regional heat held at Connah’s Quay in Wales earlier this year.

From 17 – 21 September 2013, Craig will be competing as part of a four-strong UK team in the TIG (tungsten inert gas) discipline vying for both individual and team trophies in the 2013 Weld Cup and in the International Welders Competition.

Craig said: “It is an honour to have been selected to represent Britain in the competition and I will be working hard over the coming months to make sure I perform the best I possibly can. It would be fantastic to bring back a trophy, not just for the UK, but for Barrow and for BAE Systems.”

Maritime – Submarines Welding Training Assessor, Mike Willetts, said: “We are committed to developing young people and it is great watching apprentices learn new skills and discover that they have real talent. It is a prestigious event so Craig will be displaying his skills and representing BAE Systems on a very high profile stage. I’m confident he will perform really well.”


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