Two of WEC Group’s Training Academy apprentices have won silver and bronze medals at the prestigious WorldSkills UK competition!

A pair of WEC Group’s Training Academy apprentices have won silver and bronze medals at the prestigious WorldSkills UK competition in the Construction Metalwork Category, bringing their medal count to nine over the last five years.

Sam Carter claimed a bronze medal at the competition, his second medal in three years, in the final held at the NEC in Birmingham from 21st – 23rd November 2019.

17 year old Kieran McShane, brought home the silver medal after only 12 months of training, fighting off tough competition from much older apprentices.

WEC Group work in partnership with Themis at Burnley College delivering an award winning apprenticeship programme. Neil Burrows, Themis director said it had been an “exceptional year” following the success of our WorldSkills UK competitors and the success of WEC Group ‘Welding Superstar” Tyler Atkinson, who represented the UK in the international WorldSkills competition in Russia earlier this year.

He added: "This prestigious competition is instrumental in creating a new generation of high flyers who will actively play a part in boosting the UK economy."

Kris Mercer, Training and Development manager at WEC Group said “I am really proud of both our apprentices and what they have achieved. The results are testament to the quality of our training academy and apprenticeship frameworks as well as the effort put in by the lads themselves”

Kieran has only been with the company for 15 months and despite him being one of the youngest in the competition, he still managed to secure a silver medal and now has a bright future ahead of him after starting his apprenticeship at WEC.

WEC Group’s in-house Training Academy provides traditional five year apprenticeships to individuals in welding/fabrication, CNC Machining and Performing Manufacturing Operations and have recently extended the apprenticeship scheme to office based roles such as business administration, IT and CAD programming.

We also employ apprentices in Rotherham, Knowsley and Sherburn-in-Elmet. If you would like to kickstart your career in engineering at WEC in 2020, please sent your CV to

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