East Durham College joinery lecturer Dom Hunt with joinery student Callum Newton

Student Picks Up Regional Carpentry Skills Title

An East Durham College student has collected his trophy for winning a regional skills competition earlier this year.

Apprentice joiner, Callum Newton, 18, from Peterlee, took part in the North East Skills Competition sponsored by the Association of Colleges back in June.

The event saw colleges from all across the region compete in wide range of different subject-based events such as automotive, beauty therapy, plumbing and catering amongst others.

And it was the carpentry competition that the former level 2 carpentry diploma student Callum came out on top in, after also finishing in second place by just one point in the joinery competition.

Callum received his trophy at an awards ceremony held at Middlesbrough College last week.

Now working for Adam Yews Joinery, Callum praised the competition as a great way to develop his skills and was really glad to be a part of it.

Callum said: “The North East Skills event was great to be a part of. It’s a great way to learn and put the skills you have picked up at college to the test.

“It was just great to find out I had come second in the joinery section but to find out I had won the carpentry competition was fantastic. I am really proud to have come out on top.”

Programme leader for joinery and carpentry at East Durham College, Dominic Hunt, added: “The students love competing in these competitions, it really pushes them to show off their skills and really perfect them.

“Callum put in a great performance on the day and I know he thinks it was a brilliant highlight to the time he had on the course with us here at East Durham College.”

For more information on courses in carpentry and joinery at East Durham College, contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.