9th August 2019
York College is extremely proud of former bricklaying apprentice, Lewis Greenwood, who will shortly be on his way to Kazan, Russia, to represent the UK as the nation’s number 1 bricklayer in WorldSkills 2019 (22nd – 27th August).
Lewis, aged 20 and formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School, will join over 1,300 competitors from 63 countries in Kazan, having earned his place in TeamUK after qualifying in regional and national skills competitions. TeamUK brings together the brightest and best students and apprentices from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to compete in the prestigious ‘Skills Olympics’.
WorldSkills takes place every two years, with young people from all corners of the globe competing in 56 skills across a wide range of industries, including bricklaying, floristry, electronics and hairdressing, to name just a few, with all competitors hungry to win a prestigious medal in their chosen skill.
At a special celebration held at the House of Commons, members of Team UK were presented with their official enamel which is given to apprentices and students who represent the UK in international skills competitions. Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK, who select and train Team UK said: “I offer my congratulations to Lewis. He has already achieved at such a young age what many aspire to in an entire career. In front of a global audience, Lewis and the other members of Team UK will champion the focus on skills, foreign investment and trade, demonstrating that the UK is a world-class place to do business and create jobs.”
The Competition also provides leaders in industry, government, and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education. New ideas and processes inspire school-aged youth to dedicate themselves to technical and technological careers and build a better future.
Lewis is employed by PDS Construction in Wetherby and he achieved Level 3 Bricklaying at York College in 2017. His employer and college tutors are supporting him all the way to WorldSkills and wish him well. York College brickwork tutor and WorldSkills Training Manager, Mike Burdett says: “This will be a very tough competition and Lewis has trained incredibly hard and he deserves success. He should feel enormous pride representing his country, and I have no doubt he will use every ounce of his knowledge and energy to compete to be the world’s best bricklayer.”