North Wales industrial supplier brings colleges together for ‘Trade Olympics’


GE Tools, based in Deeside and Rhyl, has organized events in partnership with Coleg Cambria.

Coleg Llandrillo Rhyl has seen dozens of construction and engineering learners battle for medals in plumbing, carpentry and carpentry, masonry, auto services, repair and manufacturing. bodywork and welding, while welcoming companies from the sector on site.

The evening before, Coleg Cambria Deeside hosted an open event attended by GE Tools and manufacturers and suppliers from across the region.

Chris Owen, Managing Director of GE Tools, said the “incredible response” from participants from both institutions bodes well for the future of these trades in North Wales and beyond.

“We had a brilliant two days with the colleges and there was a fantastic atmosphere among the learners and industry representatives,” he said.

“On both campuses, we had an incredible response, with hundreds of people participating and present, so we thank them for their support. ”

He added: “The main purpose of the Trade Olympics was to instill confidence that it is a strong industry with many career opportunities, and I think the learners embraced that.

“We are fortunate to have two of the best colleges in the country on our doorstep, with qualified lecturers and exceptional facilities, so for students there is no better platform to continue and be successful.”

Ian Hogg, Deputy Director of the Coleg Cambria Institute of Technology and Site Manager at Deeside, said: Thank Chris and the team for bringing everything together.

“It created a real buzz in the evening for all visitors, parents and students; There has also been positive feedback from manufacturers and suppliers, who plan to become more involved with our students in the future.

“They suggested safety discussions and training on how to use the equipment as two examples of how they might involve our learners. Thanks again to GE Tools for your continued support.

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