6th September 2017
This week, York College is teaming up with WorldSkills UK to host four Team UK apprentices as they train for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, the World Championships of Skills, taking place in October 2017.
The UK’s best young craftsmen from the building trade are making final preparations at the College to prove they are the best in the World. To ensure they are at the peak of their performance, WorldSkills UK – which hothouses skilled young apprentices and their peers – is putting them through an intensive four days of World-Class training at York College, after which the fab foursome will head to Abu Dhabi to compete in their respective disciplines at The WorldSkills Finals.
York College will provide the necessary equipment and working environment needed to produce world-class competitors. Dr Neil Bentley, WorldSkills UK Chief Executive, said: “This week’s event will prove vital, for our Team UK competitors, to fully understand the challenge ahead and get as much practice before they compete among the World’s best. We are immensely grateful to York College for gifting us the time and tools so that our competitors have the best possible chance of success in October.”
Recognised global expert Mike Burdett who is a tutor at York College and a WorldSkills UK official will put the quartet through their paces.
The best builders in the UK going for Gold are:
• Josh Hunter from Hull – Bricklaying - trained by Michael Burdett
• Archie Stoke-Faiers from Dorset - Architectural Stonemasonry - trained by Kevin Caplin
• Jordan Charters from Peeblesshire, Scotland – Painting & Decorating -trained by Peter Walters
• Harrison Moy from East Sussex – Plastering and Dry Wall Lining - trained by David Kehoe
You can follow Team UK via WorldSkills UK’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.