Gold & Silver at WorldSkills Finals

December 5, 2014

A group of our engineering Apprentices have taken home two gold and three silver medals from the recent national WorldSkills finals.

The winning group comprises of Fort Vale Employees Jonathan Oddy and Benn Goodwill, Ryan Knight from BCH, Liam Woinson from Paradigm Precision and Ryan Worthington from Rolls Royce. They were competing in engineering sectors ranging from Computer Aided Design to CNC Milling.

After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, they were shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which took place between 13th to the 15th November at the NEC in Birmingham.

Our CEO Steve Gray congratulated the learners, saying;

“We are so proud of all of our learners. It is a fantastic achievement and the success of our Apprentices means that we are now in the top 8 of the World Skills UK organisational league.”

Whilst at the show they fought off strong competition from almost 600 fellow talented Apprentices, watched by 75,000 visitors over three days. The skills on display included diverse talents such as floristry, hairdressing, welding and catering.

World Skills is the world’s largest skills competition and outstanding competitors from this year’s World Skills UK finals may be invited to join Squad UK for World Skills Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Alan Emerton, Training Manager at Fort Vale said;

“As a company that really believes in the training and development of our young people, we are extremely proud to have our Apprentices gain recognition and win medals. It is a real testament to the quality of training they receive at Training 2000 and the success of the training and development schedule within the apprenticeship at Fort Vale.  They have showcased their talents at a national level and really proved themselves worthy competitors.”

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