New College Durham's Jason Ballard and East Durham College's Kieran Stanlick

Students Battle It Out In Joinery Competition

Mon, 2002-05-13 01:00

East Durham College and New College Durham recently went head to head in a joinery battle.

The final of the North East Inter-Colleges competition took place at the East Durham College Peterlee campus last week.

New College Durham student Jason Ballard, 22, from Bishop Auckland, came out on top beating East Durham College student Kieran Stanlick, 18, from Seaham, by a result margin of just 8 per cent.

The final saw the two students create a wooden frame made up of a number of different joints; the student’s piece of work was then marked on a number of criteria to determine the winner.

And it was Jason, who works for Bishop Auckland based joiners Grove Reed whilst studying at college, who edged out his East Durham counterpart in the close contest.

East Durham College joinery lecturer Dominic Hunt believes the competition is great experience for the students.

Dominic said: “This competition was created to give students from the north east experience in inter college competitions that they might compete in on a nation stage in the future.

“But this competition format is also fantastic experience at getting the lads to see what it’s like to work under pressure, and they both performed very well.”