Five former Derby College Group (DCG) level 3 Welding students saw off strong competition to secure apprenticeships with leading power systems company Doosan Babcock.

A local apprentice has gained a medal in her first welding competition – hosted for the first time at Derby College's Engineering Academy in Ilkeston.

Rosie Dales (25) from Ilkeston has joined her father and grandfather in the family firm Dales Fabrications in Crompton Road Industrial Estate as an apprentice welder and attends Derby College's Ilkeston campus on day release.

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