OLD Elean, Harry Jackson, popped back into school on January 31st to run welding workshops with our Year 12 and 13 Design and Technology students.

Harry, 17, from Chatteris, was a student at King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior before leaving after Year 11 to complete an apprenticeship with Stainless Metalcraft Chatteris Ltd.

Harry was named Stainless Metalcraft’s Apprentice of the Year 2019 and was recently selected to join the Talent Development Programme after excelling in its national skills competitions.

Patrick Carberry, Head of Design and Technology at King’s Ely Senior, said: “Despite Harry being younger than most of the students he taught in the workshops, you would never have known this by the way he spoke to the class, and by the responses and respect given to him by the pupils.

“Harry explained each of the different types of welding – MIG, TIG and Stick – clearly and precisely so that everyone in the workshop could understand the very skilled processes involved and to what type of materials each one is best suited. He emphasised how important it is to listen to the sounds the different processes make as you are welding because this helps you to understand if you are doing it correctly or not.

“By the end of the masterclass most of the Year 13 pupils had been helped by Harry in undertaking the different forms of welding and this has enabled some of them to improve the quality of manufacturing within their coursework.

“We would like to thank Harry for his time and coaching, which was much appreciated by everyone. We wish him all the best in his training camp at the end of March and next year in Shanghai.”

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