More than 30 of the country’s best and brightest young skilled people have been chosen to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan later this year.

The team [see below] of young professional from sectors including engineering, hospitality and professional services, construction and digital and IT will fly to Russia in August to compete in the competition known as the ‘Skills Olympics’.

They’ll battle it out with their counterparts from more than 60 countries and go for bronze, silver and gold in 56 different skills disciplines.

Neil Bentley-Gockmann, chief executive of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains the team, 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.”

While 32 members of Team UK have now been announced, more will join them in April when the cyber security, cloud computing, chemical lab technician, floristry, cooking and car painting competitors are selected.

All competitors will then undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic-style training in preparation for the most intense week of competition imaginable.

These skilled young people have undergone a two-year challenge to get this far, and have already triumphed in regional and national competition, as well as a grueling team selection event that took place last week.

The 45th WorldSkills event will take place in Kazan from August 22 to 27.

At the last WorldSkills, which took place two years ago in Abu Dhabi, saw Team UK retain its top-10 position, after our competitors bagged one gold, three silvers, three bronzes, and 13 medallions of excellence.

FE Week is proud to be the official media partner for WorldSkills UK and Team UK.

Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan:

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
East Sussex College and Bespoke You
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
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
Confectioner/Pastry Cook
Connor Stow
Hull College and Compass Restaurant Association
Construction Metal Work
Tyler Atkinson
Burnley College and WEC Group LTD
Sam Everton
Pembrokeshire College and Crwst
Electrical Installation
Thomas Lewis
Cardiff and Vale College and Blues Electrical
Thomas Andrews
Alton College and Sonardyne Int Ltd
Phoebe McLavy
Coleg Sir Gar and Morgan Edward Salon
Samuel McMahon
The Goldsmiths Centre and Mappin & Webb (Aurum Holdings)
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
Jack Dakin
Toyota Manufacturing UK
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
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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