Team UK triumphs in France

UK skills team took home three gold and six silver medals after competing in EuroSkills 2014

06 October 2014 / Be the first to comment

The future of UK industry and business looks bright after its team of apprentices and learners secured European honours at EuroSkills Lille 2014, which took place from 1 - 5 October. 

Team UK put on a world class performance, showcasing the skills of young people in this country. 

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: 

'Congratulations to Team UK. They have demonstrated that when it comes to skills the UK has world class ability.  Team UK are ambassadors for our country and demonstrate how high-quality apprenticeships can lead to successful careers. I offer my congratulations to Team UK who delivered an outstanding performance at EuroSkills 2014.'

Michael Osabaldeston, Skills Adviser, City & Guilds, said:

'As a global leader in skills development, we are dedicated to connecting skills and jobs to help people progress in their careers. That’s why events like EuroSkills Lille 2014 play such an important role. They bring skills to life by showcasing exceptionally talented individuals. Alongside this, by celebrating excellence we can raise standards in teaching and learning across the world.

'All competitors should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. They are undoubtedly an inspiration to others and I know each and every one of them has a bright career ahead.'

The UK was awarded:

GOLD

Automobile Technology
Declan McGrath who works for Bundoran Motors and attends South West College.
John Dawson, Training Manager, from EMTEC, part of Central College Nottingham, who is City & Guilds qualified.

Cooking
Danny Hoang who works for The Grove and attended Westminster Kingsway.
Michael Godfrey, Training Manager, who is City & Guilds qualified.  
Danny was supported in this Competition by Peter Anderson, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. 

Mechanical Engineering CAD
Andrew Beel who works for Pacson Valves and attends New College Lanarkshire.  Andrew was also awarded Best in Nation.
Barry Skea, Training Manager, from New College Lanarkshire. 

SILVER

Beauty Therapy
Rianne Chester who works for Akira Nails & Beauty and attends Warrington Collegiate.
Jenna Bailey, Training Manager, from Ashton College, who is City & Guilds qualified.

Carpentry
Simon McCall who works for Jones & Johnson and attends Coleg Sir Gar and Mark Hawthorne who works for Trainor Contracts and attends South Eastern College, who is City & Guilds qualified.
Pat Phillips, Training Manager, who is City & Guilds qualified.

Hairdressing
Eleni Constantinou who works for Tino Constantinou. 
Robert Rousseau, Training Manager, who is City & Guilds qualified.

Visual Merchandising
Jasmine Field who works for Marks & Spencer and attended Fashion Retail Academy and Catherine Abbott, who attended East Berkshire  College and works for Topshop.
Julianne Lavery, Training Manager. 

MEDALLION FOR EXCELLENCE

Mechatronics
John Peerless and Calum Knott from Middlesex University.
David Russell, Training Manager, Northern Regional College, who is City & Guilds qualified.  

Restaurant Service
Lucy Jones who works for Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa and attends Brockenhurst College.
Katie Kryousis, Training Manager, from Gleneagles, who is City & Guilds qualified.

 

More about EuroSkills

EuroSkills is the largest skills competition in Europe, held every two years in one of the member states of WorldSkills Europe. More than 400 apprentices and learners from all over Europe compete in a range of more than 30 skills from Mechatronics to Cooking to find the Continent’s best in each skill. Find a Future manages the UK’s entry into international skills competitions. 

During the EuroSkills competition, international industry partners, governmental agencies and educational institutions come together to encourage the development of world class standards of skills and competencies across Europe. By participating in the event, Team UK shares its learnings in best practice in Apprenticeships and vocational teaching with other nations, with the ultimate aim of raising standards on a global scale.

Ross Maloney, Chief Executive, Find a Future, which manages the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions and the UK’s entry into the international WorldSkills Competitions said: 

'Team UK is an incredible group of young people, who act as great ambassadors for our country. Through their international success, and the wider work of Find a Future, we want to inspire young people about the different careers that exist and provide them with the chance to unlock their potential and get excited about the world of work. Many congratulations to Team UK.'

All members of Team UK for EuroSkills Lille 2014 are currently in training as part of Squad UK and their participation in the Lille event forms part of their training programme ahead of selection for Team UK which will compete at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. This gathering of the most skilful young people in the world will take place from 11-16 August 2015. 

The young people were invited to compete for a place in Squad UK after excelling at the WorldSkills UK National Skills Competitions, the finals of which take place at The Skills Show which is held each November at The NEC in Birmingham. Additional training for Squad UK for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 will take place at this year’s The Skills Show, which runs from 13-15 November at NEC Birmingham. The Skills Show, which City & Guilds supports as the Lead Premier Sponsor, is the nation’s largest skills and careers event and provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivate them to find out more about the world of work. 

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