Team UK Hungary For Success

The finest young skilled apprentices from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have been selected to represent the UK at Europe’s most important and prestigious skills competition, it has been announced.

Team UK – which heads to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest from 26 to 28 September – will comprise of 22 elite competitors skilled in a broad spectrum of disciplines from engineering to construction, digital to creative.

The EuroSkills Finals, which includes teams from across Europe, is the last before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU next year.

Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains Team UK to the highest international standard, said: “This will be a life-enhancing opportunity for these remarkable young people.

“After Brexit, our economic success as a nation will be dependent on our ability to close major trade deals and attract inward investment – and this will always hinge on demonstrating we have people with the right skills.

“Team UK are the embodiment not only of the kinds of traits and characteristics that we should aspire for in a young workforce, but for the UK Government’s ambitions for Global Britain too.

“They are leaders of their generation – and will inspire many more to walk in their footsteps.”

Governments and industry will be watching with interest to benchmark how well Team UK performs compared to the country’s main European competitors. At the previous EuroSkills finals, held in 2016 in Gothenburg – Team UK finished seventh.

To secure a place in Team UK, the apprentices and learners have been through an exhaustive selection process, taking part in the prestigious WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

European Policy makers, educators and industry partners will attend the event – along with (an expected) 80,000 spectators.

Team UK:

Skill

Name

College / Training Provider

Employer

Hometown

Apprentice

Beauty Therapy

Holly-Mae Cotterall

Reds Hair Company

Reds Hair Company

Coleford, Gloucestershire

Apprentice

Cabinet Making

Thomas Pennicott

Chichester College

n/a

Chichester

 

CNC Milling

Elliott Dawson

Training 2000 Limited

Fort Vale

Accrington, Lancashire

Apprentice

Cooking

Nicolle Finnie

City of Glasgow College

Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles

Glasgow

 

Electrical Installation

Thomas Lewis

Cardiff and the Vale College

Blues Electrical

Maesteg, Bridgend

Apprentice

Floristry

Elizabeth Newcombe

Guildford College of Further and Higher Education

Rhubarb and Bramley

Dunsfold, Surrey

 

Hairdressing

Gavin Jon Kyte

Reds Hair Company

Reds Hair Company

Coleford, Gloucestershire

Apprentice

Heavy Truck Maintenance

Kieran Leyland

Ryder Ltd

Ryder Ltd

Warrington,

Apprentice

IT Network Administration

Cameron Barr

Shane Carpenter

Nescot

Nescot

n/a

BAE Systems

Worcester Park, Surrey

Croydon

Apprentice

Joinery

Christopher Caine

Pembrokeshire College

DH Carpentry & Joinery

Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire

 

Landscape Gardening

Shea Mcferran

Sam Taylor

CAFRE

Myerscough College

n/a

Garden TLC

Larne, Co. Antrim

Oldham, Manchester

Apprentice

Apprentice

Mechanical Engineering: CAD

Ross Megahy

New College Lanarkshire

n/a

Wilshaw, North Lanarkshire

 

Mechatronics

Jack Dakin

Danny Slater

Toyota Manufacturing Ltd

Toyota Manufacturing Ltd

Toyota Manufacturing Ltd

Toyota Manufacturing Ltd

Derby

Derby

Apprentice

Apprentice

Painting and Decorating

Callum Bonner

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education

Clackmannanshire Council

Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Apprentice

Plumbing and Heating

Matthew Barton

Kendal College

WE Barton

Lancaster

Apprentice

Restaurant Services

Collette Gorvett

Gower College, Swansea

The Grill House

Morriston, Swansea

 

Wall and Floor Tiling

Mark Scott

City of Glasgow College

McGoldrick & Sons

Shotts, North Lanarkshire

Apprentice

Web Design

Lewis Newton

Highbury College, Portsmouth

n/a

Portsmouth

 

Welding

Scott Kerr

Coleg Menai

PFS

Llanerch-y-Medd, Anglesey

Apprentice

 

About WorldSkills UKWorldSkills UK has been at the forefront of international skills development for 65 years through its membership of WorldSkills International, which organises the biennial ‘Skills Olympics’.

Changing the national conversation around the prestige of apprenticeships and vocational skills, we create young medal winning, world-class, confident role models, from all backgrounds, who go on to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 

We are an independent organisation that works with a network of experts from education and industry who have joined forces to help the UK go further, faster.

WorldSkills UK LIVE (formerly the Skills Show), which attracts more than 70,000 young people, is the country’s biggest interactive skills event – and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham in November (15-17).

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