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Team UK Engineering Competitors Announced

28th April 2017

The nation’s elite young skilled women and men have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy.

Successful and talented Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi this October (14 - 19).

The two-year (or more) process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and last month jump the final hurdle reaching the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown.

 Team UK includes 10 competitors who will compete in the engineering skills competitions, which are organised by Semta:

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Joseph Massey, Airbus UK, Coleg Cambria
Skills Competition: Aircraft Maintenance

Betsy Crosbie, New College Lanarkshire
Skills Competition: Mechanical Engineering CAD

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Jake Green, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering
Bradford College/STEGTA
Skills Competition: Manufacturing Team Challenge            

Alexander McCluskey, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering
STEGTA
Skills Competition: Manufacturing Team Challenge

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Jacob Parker, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering
STEGTA
Skills Competition: Manufacturing Team Challenge

Josh Peak, L&G Engineering
Great Yarmouth College
Skills Competition: Welding

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Samuel Hillier, Toyota Manufacturing UK
Skills Competition: Mechatronics

Thomas Revell, Toyota Manufacturing UK
Skills Competition: Mechatronics

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Macaulay Reavill, Allied Protek
Grimsby Institute
Skills Competition: Construction Metal Work

Ethan Davies, Electroimpact UK Ltd
Coleg Cambria
Skills Competition: CNC Milling

 

The talented individuals will now undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic style training in preparation for the most intense week of competition imaginable.

Joanne Iceton, Semta’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs, said: “We’re delighted to announce the successful Team UK members. Competitors have endured years of dedication, training and success in regional heats to reach the final stage of their journey and we wish each of them the very best of luck in Abu Dhabi.”

WorldSkills UK CEO Dr Neil Bentley said: “The WorldSkills finals in Abu Dhabi spur on competitors to achieve the highest international standards to inspire more and more young people to get into apprenticeships and technical careers, getting them off to the best start in work and life.“

WorldSkills finals are held every two years when over a thousand competitors from more than seventy countries gather for four days of competition.

In 2015 at the most recent WorldSkills Finals, held in Såo Paulo, Team UK finished overall seventh in the medal table, ahead of France and Germany - bringing home an impressive haul of medals including three gold, four silver, two bronze and twenty three medallions of excellence.