Two Gold, One Silver and Three Bronze in Medal Haul
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:
|Cabinet Making||George Callow||Gold|
|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.