World class skills
Team UK sees success at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013
08 July 2013
The UK was celebrating after its team of apprentices and young employees enjoyed great success at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, the world’s largest skills competition, which took place from 2 – 7 July in Germany. The competition is held in cities around the globe and sees over 1000 young people compete in a range of skills to be named the ‘best in the world’ in their chosen skill. The WorldSkills Competition enables competing countries to share best practice in apprenticeships and vocational teaching to help raise standards on an international scale.
After four days of intense competition, Team UK, who are all aged 18 – 25, won two gold, one silver, and three bronze medals, as well as 17 Medallions for Excellence in skills ranging from Bricklaying, Autobody Repair and Aircraft Maintenance. Medallions for Excellence are awarded to those competitors who reach the world class standard in their skill.
Speaking in support of Team UK, Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘British ambition and ingenuity has once again taken on and beaten the best in the world and I extend my congratulations to Team UK. As we compete in the global race, this Government is on the side of ambitious young people who want to work hard and get on and we will continue in our efforts to build the biggest and best apprenticeship programme.’
Also adding his support, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: ‘Congratulations to Team UK who brought home six medals and 17 Medallions for Excellence from the WorldSkills in Leipzig. They have demonstrated that when it comes to skills Britain has world-class ability.
‘Vocational skills are important to the success of every business. That's why in these difficult times I have prioritised apprenticeship funding, so that employers can access the country's talent to help build a stronger economy.’
The list of medal winners is as follows:
- Ashley Terron (Bricklaying) – Gold
- George Callow (Cabinet Making) – Gold
- Roberts Broomsgrove (Stonemasonry) – Silver
- Matthew Quinn (Autobody Repair) – Bronze
- Ben Tullet (Aircraft Maintenance) – Bronze
- Matthew Crane (Electrical Installations) - Bronze
Following his success, medal winner Ashley Terron said: ‘To win Gold in Bricklaying is just amazing. It still hasn’t really sunk in that I am the best young bricklayer in the World. The last few months have been really tough fitting my training for WorldSkills around work and family responsibilities but it has been totally worth it. I want to show the UK how apprenticeships and vocational training can enable young people to gain a real qualification and a real future.’
Many of the Team UK members were invited to compete in the selection process for the team after excelling at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show. The Skills Show is taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 14 – 16 November, visit www.worldskillsuk.org for more information.