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Dales joiner has his eye on national title
1:22pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A YOUNG joiner from the Yorkshire Dales is carving a niche for himself as one of the country’s best craftsmen after winning his way through to the final of a prestigious skills competition.
Darlington College apprentice Tom Tennant is honing his techniques before taking part in the national final of SkillBuild, an annual contest designed to attract new blood into the construction industry.
The 21-year-old, who works for Richmond builder Randall Orchard, has already won the regional heat of the contest, staged in Durham, and was the only contestant to actually complete the joinery task.
National competitors will meet in Birmingham in November for a three-day trial of their joinery skills. Winners could then be selected to represent Great Britain in the WorldSkills final due to be staged in Rio de Janiero in 2014.
Tom will be joined in the national finals by Darlington College Level 3 apprentice bricklayer Sam Hayes, who works for builder Peter Fisher in his home town of Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Tom, from Gayles, between Richmond and Barnard Castle, attributes is competitive edge to his motorcycling – he is a regular competitor in the famous Scott Trial.
“I have always been competitive in whatever I do and I really want to win SkillBuild,” he said.
“The nationals will be much more complicated as it is over three days and you have no idea what you will be making.
“The college has been great and Randall Orchard are letting me go there an extra day a week and have bought me some new tools to give be the best chance of success.”
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