Young skilled apprentices on plane to Russia
Life-Changing Decision for Skilled Elite
The UK’s best and brightest young skilled, apprentices and students have been selected to represent all four nations in Team UK at the ‘Skills Olympics’ in Russia.
More than 30 young professionals from engineering, hospitality and professional services, construction and digital and IT – have cleared the highest hurdle in a two-year challenge to be the best in the World.
These skilled young people have already triumphed in regional and national competitions and had one more momentous obstacle to overcome at Team Selection events the length and breadth of the UK.
The results were revealed at Loughborough University which has a strong association with training Team GB for the Olympics.
Team UK will represent the United Kingdom at The WorldSkills Finals in Kazan, Russia in August (22-27).
Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains the team and uses their successes to promote skills across the country, said: “Think Olympic Games – but much more important to the economic future of the United Kingdom.
“This is a life-changing opportunity for all those involved.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these extraordinary young people who will be on the plane to Russia. They have worked tirelessly for weeks, months and years to be the best – they are a shining example to the next generation – let’s celebrate their spirit, commitment, and success.
“We are not only giving young people the opportunity to reach their full potential but we also believe that, working with them, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider UK economy, driving up training standards for young people to world-class levels, giving a much-needed boost to productivity.”
More than 60 countries are sending elite teams to the Tatarstan Capital 800 km east of Moscow – to do battle and go for bronze, silver and gold in 56 different skills disciplines.
The event, dubbed the ‘Skills Olympics’, which takes place every two years, will be shown live on TV and streamed around the World (including the UK) – and change the lives and careers of those that compete.
At the last WorldSkills finals (2017) in Abu Dhabi, Team UK finished in 10th position and is hoping to replicate or better the result.
Team UK 2019
|3D Digital Game Art||Patrick Buckley||West Cheshire College|
|Aircraft Maintenance||Haydn Jakes||Nottingham University|
|Architectural Stonemasonry||Ethan Conlon||Bath College/APS Masonry|
|Beauty Therapy||Rebecca West||Sussex Downs College and Bespoke You|
|Bricklaying||Lewis Greenwood||York College and PDS construction|
|Cabinet Making||Owen Aldous||Chichester College and Callow & Co|
|Car Painting||Conor McKevitt||Riverpark Training and Wrights Accident Repair Centre|
|Carpentry||Jack Goodrum||The College of West Anglia and Peter Goodrum Ltd|
|CNC Milling||Elliott Dawson||Training 2000 Limited and Fort Vale|
|CNC Turning||Jack McCarthy||DMG MORI UK|
|Confectioner/Pastry Cook||Connor Stow||Hull College and Compass Restaurant Association|
|Construction Metal Work||Tyler Atkinson||Burnley College and WEC Group LTD|
|Cooking||Sam Everton||Pembrokeshire College and Crwst|
|Electrical Installation||Thomas Lewis||Cardiff and Vale College and Blues Electrical|
|Electronics||Thomas Andrews||Alton College and Sonardyne Int Ltd|
|Hairdressing||Phoebe McLavy||Coleg Sir Gar and Morgan Edward Salon|
|Jewellery||Samuel McMahon||The Goldsmiths Centre and Mappin & Webb (Aurum Holdings)|
|Joinery||Christopher Caine||Pembrokeshire College and DH Carpentry & Joinery|
|Landscape Gardening||Samuel Taylor||Myerscough College and Garden TLC|
|Landscape Gardening||Shea McFerran||CAFRE and Logan Landscape|
|Manufacturing Team Challenge||Andrew Joyce||Carnaud metalbox|
|Manufacturing Team Challenge||Isaac Khan||Carnaud metalbox|
|Manufacturing Team Challenge||James Thomason||Carnaud metalbox|
|Mechanical Engineering: CAD||Ross Megahy||New College Lanarkshire|
|Mechatronics||Jack Dakin||Toyota Manufacturing UK|
|Painting and Decorating||Callum Bonner||Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education and Clackmannanshire council|
|Plastering and Drywall Systems||Curtis Johnston||SERC and SB Plastering|
|Refrigeration||Orlando Rawlings||Grimsby Institute of Further Education and Higher Education and Daikin UK|
|Restaurant Services||Collette Gorvett||Gower College Swansea|
|Visual Merchandising||Konnar Doyle||City of Glasgow College|
|Wall and Floor Tiling||Mark Scott||City of Glasgow College and J McGoldrick & Sons Ltd|
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