It was a great pleasure to present former pupil, Ben Hay, with his Team Wales hoodie as he prepares to represent Wales in the WorldSkills National Finals in Mechanical Engineering: CAD in Middlesborough on 14th November.
Ben, who left St David's College last year, has worked extremely hard to get to the finals and in the
earlier rounds had to compete against some seriously talented individuals who
currently work in industry or are students on higher education courses. Ben is
unique in that he has acquired his skills and knowledge whilst still in the
sixth form at a secondary school. Indeed, he has gained quite a reputation for
himself for being one of the best in the business and thoroughly deserving of
his place in the National Competition.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) uses specialist software to create
two- and three-dimensional images and animations of projects both in
manufacturing and for use in advertising and technical manuals. CAD can convey
many types of information, including dimensions, types of material, and
tolerances and is essential in offering solutions to both engineering and
This WorldSkills UK competition focuses on all the essential
requirements for a successful career in mechanical engineering specialising in
CAD. Competitors will be tested on their performance using CAD to produce 2D
technical drawings, 3D models, and 3D assemblies. Competitors will be required
to produce animations and should have a full understanding of ISO drawing
standards and be able to use them effectively in different situations.
We wish Ben the very best of luck in the Competition!