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.

Competition

Forename

Employer and Training Provider

3D Digital Game Art

Patrick Buckley

West Cheshire College

Aircraft Maintenance

Haydn Jakes

Nottingham University

Architectural Stonemasonry

Ethan Conlon

Bath College and 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

Mechatronics

Danny Slater

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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