SWDT apprentices on the podium after CAD challenge

Two SWDT apprentices with designs on successful engineering careers showed their talent in a cross-college CAD challenge.


Spencer Davies and Luke Friskney

Spencer Davies (left) and Luke Friskney

Spencer Davies, 18, a Level 3 Apprentice at Durham University, came second and Luke Friskney, 20, a Level 3 Machinist apprentice at DPE, took third place in the 2024 CAD competition held at SWDT’s Aycliffe Business Park training centre.

They were up against apprentices from a number of training providers and colleges including East Durham College, Middlesbrough College and TTE.

All of the apprentices were given three hours to produce seven components from drawings – a chassis top and bottom, clip, stepped shaft, column, stepped shaft with flats and a grill support.

The overall winner was 16-year-old Louie Wilson, a TTE apprentice with Jacobs Engineering in Stockton-on-Tees.

The competition was judged by SWDT’s HND Engineering lecturer Keith Shepherd and CAD Engineering Apprentice Leah Scott from Roman Showers.

Louie, Spencer and Luke were each awarded with certificates, vouchers and an engineering trophy manufactured at SWDT.

CAD trophies

The trophies made at SWDT

Louie will go through to the inter college regional awards ceremony to be held at Bede Sixth Form College in Billingham on May 7.

We’d like to thank all the apprentices and training providers who took part.