Student nails it at joinery competition

East Durham College Programme Leader in Carpentry & Joinery, Dominic Hunt, and student Callum Newton.

East Durham College Programme Leader in Carpentry & Joinery, Dominic Hunt, and student Callum Newton.

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A young joiner hammered the competition to pick up a top award.

East Durham College joinery student, Callum Newton, has been named the best trainee joiner in the region after beating off opponents in a prestigious inter-college competition.

Callum, 18, from Peterlee, picked up the winner’s trophy at the finals held at New College Durham earlier this week.

The competition saw Callum come up against students from nine other colleges from around the north east to compete in a series of joinery challenges.

He took the top spot by a big margin, with his final score seeing him finish 11 points ahead of second place.

Callum called winning the competition as one of his proudest achievements and thanked the staff at the College for helping him come out on top.

He said: “It’s really great to come out on top in a competition like this.

“I worked really hard to make sure I knew my stuff going into these finals and was prepared to put in the work to get a good score.

“A huge thanks must go to the staff at the college who helped me prepare for the competition.”

Programme leader in carpentry and joinery at East Durham College, Dominic Hunt, said everyone was proud of the young man’s achievement.

He said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Callum and he has worked really hard to win this competition.

“He is a great student here at East Durham College and he always puts in maximum effort and this award is thoroughly deserved.”

Carpentry and joinery courses at the college provide students with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified in site carpentry. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as carpenters.

Based at the Peterlee Campus, the construction centre has a dedicated facility for construction craft training in wood. For information on courses in carpentry and joinery at East Durham College visit www.eastdurham.ac.uk.