More golden glory for Chichester student

June 22, 2017

Chichester College’s Owen Aldous has added another prestigious medal to his growing collection.

The talented 18–year-old, who is studying his level 2 wood machining diploma at the college, came first at a recent national competition.

He won the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers – Joiner Prize competition after spending eight hours creating a curved head sash window frame at Stratford Building Crafts College.

As well as receiving a Joiners & Ceilers’ Presentation Square, Owen won £1,000 and a grant for the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Joiners & Ceilers.

And Chichester College had more cause to celebrate, with furniture student Chris Clarke taking second place in the same competition – coming away with a certificate and £400 cheque.

Lecturer Sean Casey said: “It was a big challenge for our students – they were up against some really talented joiners and conditions were really hot.

“It was a tense few hours, but we were delighted to see Owen and Chris take first and second place. It was an outstanding achievement.”

Owen’s victory comes just weeks after he won gold at the regional SkillBuild heat for cabinet making.

Owen said: “I’m really happy to have won. It’s a massive honour for me.

“It was a really long day, and we worked really hard to prepare for the competition in the run up so I’m just really pleased. It was a fantastic experience.”