WorldSkills 2019: Team UK bringing home haul of medals

Team UK will be loading down its aircraft home with a haul of gold, silver and bronze medals.

The UK won a total of four medals at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, including two gold medals for Haydn Jakes in aircraft maintenance and Rebecca West in beauty therapy.

There is also a silver medal for Conor McKevitt in car painting and a bronze for Phoebe McLavy in hairdressing.

While the total of medals is below the seven the UK won in Abu Dhabi in 2017, it is one more gold medal than was achieved at that event.

And it is one more silver medal than it bagged at EuroSkills 2018, where it scored one gold and three silver medals.

WorldSkills UK’s chief executive Neil Bentley-Gockmann has called it a “fantastic result” for the team. 

He said Team UK’s members “championed the UK’s focus on skills development on the world stage”. 

“Governments, education and industry need to continue to work with us to make sure the UK stays at the cutting edge of global best practice in skills development,” he continued.