Team UK Success at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Two Gold, One Silver and Three Bronze in Medal Haul

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The UK was celebrating after its team of apprentices and young employees enjoyed great success at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, which took place from 2 – 7 July in Germany. Team UK put in a world class performance showcasing the skills of young people in this country.

After four days of intense competition, Team UK, who are all aged 18 – 25, won two Gold, one Silver, three Bronze Medals and 17 Medallions for Excellence in skills ranging from Bricklaying, Autobody Repair and Aircraft Maintenance. Medallions for Excellence are awarded to those competitors who reach the world class standard in their skill.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “British ambition and ingenuity has once again taken on and beaten the best in the world and I extend my congratulations to Team UK. As we compete in the global race, this Government is on the side of ambitious young people who want to work hard and get on and we will continue in our efforts to build the biggest and best apprenticeship programme.”

Team UK won medals in:

Skill Name Medal
Bricklaying Ashley Terron Gold
Cabinet Making George Callow Gold
Stonemasonry Robert Broomsgrove Silver
Autobody Repair Matthew Quinn Bronze
Aircraft Maintenance Ben Tullet Bronze
Electrical Installations Matthew Crane Bronze
Beauty Therapy Katie Wright Medallion For Excellence
Confectioner / Pastry Chef Stephen Smith Medallion For Excellence
Cooking Louisa May Matthews Medallion For Excellence
Car Painting Gary Greer Medallion For Excellence
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Stephen Burge Medallion For Excellence
IT Network Systems Administration Nehmaan Ahmed Medallion For Excellence
Manufacturing Team Challenege Daniel Gebhard, Andrew Maguire and George Moffat Medallion For Excellence
Mechatronics David Cargill and James Overend Medallion For Execellence
Mechanical Engineering CAD Andrew Craig Medallion For Excellence
Welding Alastair Wilson Medallion For  Execellence
Wall and Floor Tiling Mark Wood Medallion For Excellence
Plumbing and Heating Ashley Bainbridge Medallion For Excellence
Plastering and Dry Wall Systems Kenneth Wilson Medallion For Excellence
Painting and Decorating Kirk Croft Medallion For Excellence
Joinery David Beattie Medallion For Excellence
Floristry Chloe Woolf Medallion For Excellence
Hairdressing Hannah Clague Medallion For Excellence

 

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Congratulations to Team UK who brought home six medals and 17 Medallions For Excellence from the WorldSkills in Leipzig. They have demonstrated that when it comes to skills Britain has world-class ability.

“Vocational skills are important to the success of every business. That’s why in these difficult times I have prioritised apprenticeship funding, so that employers can access the country’s talent to help build a stronger economy.”

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Congratulations to Team UK on their fantastic achievements at WorldSkills. They have played a hugely important role in promoting the importance and value of vocational skills and practical learning to young people, their parents and employers.

“In Germany where Team UK have competed the majority of teenagers either go to university or into an apprenticeship after they finish their exams. Through our reforms and investment in the apprenticeship programme we are working hard to make this a reality here.”

WorldSkills, which took place from 2 – 7 July in Leipzig, Germany, is the world’s largest international skills competition. The Competition is held in cities around the globe and the competition sees over 1000 young people compete in a range of skills to be named the ‘best in the world’ in their chosen skill. The WorldSkills Competition enables competing countries to share best practice in Apprenticeships and vocational teaching raising standards on an international scale.

Ashley Terron, Team UK Member and Gold Medalist in Bricklaying, said: “To win Gold in Bricklaying is just amazing. It still hasn’t really sunk in that I am the best young bricklayer in the World. The last few months have been really tough fitting my training for WorldSkills around work and family responsibilities but it has been totally worth it. I want to show the UK how Apprenticeships and vocational training can enable young people to gain a real qualification and a real future.”

Many of the Team UK members were invited to compete in the selection process for the team after excelling at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show. The Skills Show is taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 14 – 16 November, visit www.worldskillsuk.org for more information.