By Ninder Kaur

The Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Joanne Dodds welcomed senior management from CMB Engineering at an event in honour of three apprentices.

Chris Renwick, Patrick Devanney and Dominic Trees,
Apprentices Chris Renwick, Patrick Devanney and Dominic Trees

Chris Renwick (25), Patrick Devanney (20)  and Dominic Trees (20), who all work for CMB Engineering in Shipley recently represented the UK as part of the Manufacturing Team Challenge at the WorldSkills finals in Brazil.

The competition, is world’s largest professional education competition, takes place every two years, with competitors from all over the world. Out of more than 50 competing countries, the team came 5th in their group and were awarded Medallions of Excellence, which are presented to competitors who attain over 500 points in the  competition, demonstrating world class standards in their chosen skill.


The team was tasked with creating a remote control forklift capable of transporting loads of 50kg that had to be both sustainable and developed to strict specifications.

When asked about the most challenging task, Chris Renwick said: “We were given a surprise project on the day, so we didn’t have time to plan like we did with others. To incorporate time we had to set aside for that task was the hardest part.”

Talking about coming 5th in the competition, Patrick Devanney said: “It was a great feeling for all the hard work we have put in over the past two years to not come back empty handed was a great feeling.”

“From now, we settle back into our normal job roles. We will also be mentoring the next team who will be entering the competition. Hopefully, we will get to go down to the event and possibly judge it,” added  Dominic Trees.

The three apprentices giving a presentation
The three apprentices giving a presentation at City Hall, Bradford

The apprentices gave a presentation about their apprenticeships at CMB Engineering and their experiences at the WorldSkills event.


The Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Joanne Dodds said: “I am so proud of the boys and what they have achieved. I wanted to honour them for all the hard work they have put in.”

Andrew Truelove, General Manager at CMB Engineering, said: “We are extremely proud of the boys’ efforts in what is a highly pressurised environment. The fact that they were able to replicate the high standards of work that they produce for us on a daily basis on the global stage, is testament to their strong characters, exceptional workmanship and the high level of expert support and training they receive here at CMB. They have done the company and the city of Bradford proud.”

David Green Wibsey Labour councillor added: “I want to thank the three boys that represented not just the UK, not just the firm, but Bradford as well and they have done us proud. The support they have had from their employees shows what can happen if you invest in young people and invest in their skills.”