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EuroSkills 2016: Team UK named for Gothenburg

19 British apprentices will compete at Europe's biggest skills competition in December

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19 British apprentices will compete at Europe's biggest skills competition in December

The UK's representatives for EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016, Europe’s largest skills competition, have been announced.

Team UK consists of 19 young people from 17 industries. They will look to better the haul of three gold medals, six silver medals and three medallions for excellence that Team UK achieved at the most recent EuroSkills competition in 2014.

This year's event, which will be held from 1-3 December in Gothenburg, Sweden, brings together Europe's best apprentices under the age of 25 to compete in more than 35 different skill areas, from visual merchandising and window dressing to stonemasonry and beauty therapy.

Last year members of Team UK competing in the WorldSkills competition in São Paulo claimed three gold medals, four silvers, two bronzes and 24 medallions of excellence – and took the flagship prize for the best overall performance.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “The young people who have earned a place on Team UK are worthy ambassadors and show the great things you can achieve with high-quality apprenticeships and technical training. I congratulate each and every member of Team UK and look forward to hearing about their performance at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016.”

Peter Lauener, chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency, said: “Year on year, I am constantly impressed with the quality of competitors that get through to the EuroSkills and WorldSkills competitions. They each demonstrate a huge amount of talent, a desire to succeed and a professionalism beyond their years.

“These young people are fantastic ambassadors for the importance of gaining the skills that employers are calling out for."

Team UK for EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016:

  • Seamus Goodfellow

Skill: Automotive technology

Employer: Ballinamullan Auto Repair

Training provider: South West College

  • Isla McLarty

Skill: Beauty therapy

Employer: Experience Health and Beauty

Training provider: City of Glasgow College

  • Angus Bruce-Gardner

Skill: Cabinet making

Employer: Waters and Acland

Training provider: Waters and Acland

  • Ethan Davies

Skill: CNC milling

Employer: Electroimpact UK Ltd

Training provider: Coleg Cambria

  • Danielle Scandone

Skill: Floristry

Employer: Moonflower

Training provider: Merrist Wood College

  • Lucy Knight

Skill: Hairdressing

Employer: Lucy is the owner of Hair by Knight

Training provider: N/A

  • Conor Willmott

Skill: Joinery

Employer: Paul Jackson Carpentry and Joinery

Training provider: West Suffolk College

  • Will Burberry

Skill: Landscape gardening

Employer: Gardenscapes

Training provider: Merrist Wood College

  • Adam Ferguson

Skill: Landscape gardening

Employer: Grassmaster NI

Training provider: College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

  • Betsy Crosbie

Skill: Mechanical engineering CAD

Employer: N/A

Training provider: New College Lanarkshire

  • Sam Hillier

Skill: Mechatronics

Employer: Toyota Manufacturing UK

Training provider: Toyota Manufacturing UK

  • Tom Revell

Skill: Mechatronics

Employer: Toyota Manufacturing UK

Training provider: Toyota Manufacturing UK

  • Jordan Jeffers

Skill: Painting and decorating

Employer: Self-employed

Training provider: Southern Regional College

  • Daniel Martins

Skill: Plumbing and heating

Employer: Briggs and Forrester

Training provider: EAS Mechanical

  • Reece Wilson

Skill: Plastering and drywall

Employer: Alan Allison

Training provider: Stockport College

  • Chloe Wills

Skill: Visual merchandising and window dressing

Employer: N/A

Training provider: London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

  • Nathan Jones

Skill: Web design

Employer: N/A

Training provider: Neath Port Talbot College

  • Josh Peek

Skill: Welding

Employer: L&G Skilled Engineering

Training provider: Great Yarmouth College

  • Toby Brook

Skill: Stonemasonry

Employer: Wells Cathedral Stonemasons

Training provider: Bath College

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