Gold for Callum’s skills at Baston firm

Callum Byrne has won a  Gold Medal at the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK EMN-141119-151843001
Callum Byrne has won a Gold Medal at the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK EMN-141119-151843001

An apprentice motor mechanic has won a gold medal at a national competition that tested the skills of trainees.

Callum Byrne had to excel in six two-hour tasks which included stripping and rebuilding an engine to take the Advanced Automotive Technology category prize in the WorldSkills UK competition.

Callum, 20, from Cross Road, Stamford said: “It was overwhelming, but it was really enjoyable. My parents are very pleased and proud.

“It’s been a lot of hard work but I could not have achieved this without the support my employer and the dedication of my tutor Matt Gray,.

A day-release student at Peterborough Regional College, Callum has been an apprentice at Chapel Motor Repairs in Baston for four years, starting as a junior apprentice.

Brian Pitts, owner of the business in High Street, said: “I am exceptionally proud of him, as if he was my own son. He came to us before finishing school and went on to becoming a full time apprentice.

“He started with us as a kid and in the past four years he’s grown into a young man and has done remarkably well.”

Callum, who was a Level 3 Motor Vehicle Apprentice at the Peterborough college was presented with his medal at the NEC, Birmingham, where the WorldSkills UK was held.

Angela Joyce, college principal said: “Callum demonstrated his skills to the highest level and his ability to stay calm and focus on the competition was exceptional. He is an inspiration to current and future students of Peterborough Regional College.

”For students to reach the UK finals is a fantastic achievement and to win the gold medal is outstanding,

“I am sure Callum will have a great career ahead of him.”

Callum, a former Robert Manning School pupil, competed against automotive students from all over the UK at the event.

He secured a place in the finals after scoring the top award in his category in the regional Motor Vehicle heats at Jaguar Land Rover Academy in Warwick in May.