Young skilled apprentices on plane to Russia

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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

Competition Name Training Provider/Employer
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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