Christopher Berridge, Gold medal winner in the Stonemasonry competition. All pictures by Nick Linford for FE Week.

Team UK bagged 12 medals at WorldSkills London 2011, making it their best performance to date.

UK competitors received four Gold, two Silver and six Bronze at the awards ceremony in the packed out O2 Arena last night (Sunday).

The Team also received 12 Medallions for Excellence, an award given to those competitors with above average scores. It was Korea who topped the WorldSkills London 2011 medal table, as they picked up a total of 24 medals and 12 Medallions for Excellence.

The prize giving was presented by Gabby Logan and Michael Underwood and included a performance from Beardyman. The huge audience was made up of supporters from every corner of the world.

WorldSkills will next be hosted in Leipzig in Germany in 2013. The German team received four medals at this years event.

President of WorldSkills International and Chief Executive of UK Skills, Simon Bartley, at the closing ceremony with FE Week’s exclusive WorldSkills t-shirt.

Team UK’s medal wins in full:


Gold Medals

Shane Trevitt, Plumbing and Heating

Philip Green, Bricklaying

Ben Murphy, Cooking

Kirsty Hoadley, Visual Merchandising

Christopher Berridge, Stonemasonry (Stonemasonry was not considered an official skill as there are too few participants)


Silver Medals

Ross Varnam, Autobody Repair

Landscape Gardening, Simon Abbott and James Cuffey


Bronze Medals

Ryan Sheridan, Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD

Jake Rambaldini, Welding

John Couldridge, Automobile Technology

Ben Eaton, Car Painting

Adam Bushnell, Joinery

Stuart Millar, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

John Hayes, Minister for Skills, presenting Korea with one of many gold medals at WorldSkills London 2011

For full medal listings, visit: and for more on WorldSkills London, see this week’s FE Week.

For more photos of the event go to FE Week‘s Flickr page.

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  1. Lindsay McCurdy Group Manager LinkedIn Apprenticeships London

    Well done to all the medal winners and to everyone who was part of team UK. Worldskills was a fantiastic event and you all did us proud

  2. I think it was a fantastic event with an amazing result for team UK, 5th in the medal table out of 40 countries all with no national press coverage. First4skills, who deliver apprenticships across the UK had a stand, visited by young people, schools, colleges and Employers. A great success, proud to be part of this International event. We are already planning to get one of our learners to leipzig 2013!