Skills Show 2017: Hundreds of apprentices honoured at closing ceremony



Nearly 200 of the UK’s most talented young tradespeople were rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals at The Skills Show’s closing ceremony tonight – at which a Scottish college emerged as the biggest winner for the third year in a row.

Those that finished in the top three positions in 55 different skill areas, as well as 26 competitors with learning difficulties who participated in inclusive skills competitions, took home the top prizes after working tirelessly over the last three days.

It was City of Glasgow College, who finished second at last year’s show and first in 2015, which came out on top, with eight of their students claiming medals. They finished top of the official medal table with a total of 22 points (see full table below).

In second was northern Ireland’s Southern Regional College with a total of 17 points, followed by Scotland’s New College Lanarkshire, who came first last year, in third with 15 points.

The winners were presented with their awards at a special ceremony hosted by TV presenter Will Best.

“This has been a wonderful showcase for UK skills,” Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive of WorldSkills UK, said after the event.

“The competition was fierce and the standards very high – all the finalists have done brilliantly well just to get this far. All their hard work and dedication has been rewarded and we at WorldSkills UK salute you.”

Record numbers of spectators, totalling more than 80,000, thronged the thrilling three-day interactive careers event.

Almost 500 young apprentices, exponents of 55 disciplines – as diverse as aircraft maintenance, 3D game design, cabinet making, plumbing, beauty therapy and cyber security – took part in the National Finals.

Skills minister Anne Milton, who attended the event with several other Cabinet colleagues this week, said: “You have something amazing – WorldSkills UK is without doubt one of the most important organisations within my portfolio.

“Skills have never been higher on the government agenda.”

Many of the winners now have the opportunity to go forward and be considered for Team UK selection and represent their country in forthcoming international finals in Budapest and Kazan in Russia.

At the recent WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi, known as the ‘skills Olympics’, Team UK finished 10th out of 77 countries.

Full medals table

RankPointsOrganisationGoldSilverBronze
122City of Glasgow College232
217Southern Regional College212
315New College Lanarkshire121
413Leeds College of Building211
512The College of West Anglia210
611The John Warner School210
611Riverpark Training210
611UTC Sheffield201
710The Goldsmiths’ Centre111
89North East Surrey College of Technology021
89NPTC Group021
98Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology200
98Brockenhurst College200
98Highbury College, Portsmouth200
98KMF Group Limited110
98Burnley College110
98Middlesex University021
98Coleg Gwent012
107EEF Technology Training Centre110
107Guildford College of Further and Higher Education110
107QinetiQ101
107South West College101
107Northern Regional College101
107BAE Systems011
116West Cheshire College101
116Coleg Sir Gar101
116Coleg Cambria020
116Myerscough College011
125Training 2000 Limited100
125Sussex Downs College011
125South Eastern Regional College011
125North West Regional College011
125Leicester College010
125Cardiff and Vale College002
134Building Crafts College100
134Nottingham Trent University100
134University of Kent100
134Academy of Floral Art100
134West Midlands Nail & Beauty Academy100
134ISA Training100
134Reds Hair Company100
134New College, Durham100
134Loughborough College100
134Stafford College100
134West College Scotland100
134West Suffolk College100
134Wiltshire College100
134Lakes College, West Cumbria100
134Eastleigh College100
134Exeter College100
134City of Liverpool College100
134Airbus UK100
134Callow & Grifffiths Ltd100
134CarnaudMetalBox100
134Scania (GB) Ltd100
134Simpson G Butchers Ltd100
134Barking and Dagenham College100
134Bradford College100
134York College010
134Moulton College010
134Kendal College002
134Pembrokeshire College001
143Yorkshire Coast College010
143Moray College UHI010
143Truro and Penwith College010
143Macclesfield College010
143Mid-Kent College010
143Newcastle College010
143Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group010
143Olive Training010
143South Wales & South West Roof Training Group010
143Inverclyde Academy010
1435E Ltd010
143Derby College010
143Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College010
143Gateshead College010
143Bath College010
143Trinity Precision Engineering Ltd010
143Taylors Farm Shop010
143DMG Mori Seiki UK Ltd.010
143Reds Hair Company010
143Royal Navy – HMS Seahawk010
143Ryder Ltd010
143Acorn Learning & Development010
143JCB Transmissions010
143Coleg Ceredigion010
143College of North West London001
143Cornwall College001
143Gower College Swansea001
143Hull College001
152Stephenson College – Volvo001
152Royal Navy001
152Lowestoft College001
152Weston College001
152Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education001
152Lincoln College001
152Fife College001
152Edinburgh College001
152Craven College001
152Darlington College of Technology001
152Central College Nottingham001
152Chesterfield College001
152City College Plymouth001
152Cambridge Regional College001
152Canterbury College001
152GJ Maintenance Engineering Ltd001
152Industrial Automation & Control Ltd001
152Doosan Babcock001
152Sheffield Teaching Hospitals001
152Magellan Aerospace (UK) Ltd.001
152West Malling Flowers001
152Themis001
152Toyota Manufacturing Ltd001
152Bedford College001
152Bridgwater and Taunton College001
161Bridgwater College000
161Technical Retail Services Ltd000
161The Canopy Company000
161Autodesk000
161Fleurtatious000
161East Kent College000
161Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor000
161Coleg Menai000
161Birmingham City University000
161South Devon College000
161Alton College000


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