WorldSkills UK Success for Engineering Apprentices

November 24, 2015

WorldSkills final. All on stage with UK flags celebrating success

Two of our engineering apprentices have taken home medals from the recent national finals of the prestigious WorldSkills UK competition.

The winning group comprises of Fort Vale employee Sam Parkinson (20) who received a silver medal, and Chris Taylor (26) from the WEC Group who achieved a bronze medal. They were competing in engineering sectors CNC Turning and Construction Metalwork respectively.

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 19th to the 21st November at the NEC in Birmingham.

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, forensic science and catering.

The achievements continued when last year’s gold medal winner in CNC Milling Liam Woinson and Sam Parkinson were then both selected to become part of Squad UK. This includes up to 2 years of World Skills training with the potential to compete in Abu Dhabi in 2017 as part of Team UK.

Steve Gray, CEO of Training 2000 congratulated the learners, saying;

“As an organisation that has a genuine passion for training and developing young people, we are extremely proud to have two of our engineering apprentices walk away from WorldSkills UK 2015 with medals and to have two become part of Squad UK.

“Being selected to form part of your country’s team is a huge accolade which is a real testament to the quality of training they have received both at Training 2000 and within their employer’s apprenticeship programs.”

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