Revealed: WorldSkills UK squad for Shanghai 2021

These 137 young people will compete for a place on the final team that will represent the UK on the international stage

WorldSkills UK has announced its squad for Shanghai 2021

WorldSkills UK has announced its squad for the “skills Olympics” in Shanghai in 2021.

The 137 apprentices from across the UK will now join its talent programme to try to secure a coveted place on the team that will represent the UK at the world’s most prestigious skills competition.

The apprentices and students will spend the next 18 months in training on a programme that is fitted around their study and employment commitments before they face the ultimate selection test next year.


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Harry Jackson, an apprentice with MetalCraft who will be hoping to be selected to represent the UK in welding, said he was “really excited” to have been selected for the next stage of the competition. “I’ve really enjoyed the competitions so far and will be working hard to hone my skills over the next few months to be in with a real chance of selection," he said.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As someone whose job is to be an ambassador for this country and the fantastic range of skills and innovation our young people can offer, I’m excited to see another talented group of young people preparing to showcase their skills on the global stage.”

He added that the government was working to improve skills and opportunity across Britain, “either through investment in further education and training, the creation of new T levels, which will be taught from this September, or working hand in hand with industry to create more high-quality apprenticeships”. “That work means the future can only get brighter and I look forward to championing the talent and skills of our young people for many years to come,” said Mr Williamson.

Writing in Tes today, Neil Bentley-Gockmann, WorldSkills UK chief executive, set out the organisation’s ambition over the next decade. He said it would aim to bring back innovation from other leading world economies to the UK to help create a world-class skills system to support economic growth, productivity and competitiveness. It will also strive to mainstream the excellence in teaching, training and assessment that will be experienced by the young people in the WorldSkills UK elite squad announced today.

Mr Bentley-Gockmann said: “It is fantastic to see such a strong squad of young people, all of whom are aiming to represent the UK on the world stage in Shanghai. They will be flying the flag for the UK, demonstrating to the rest of the world that we are developing the high-quality skills needed to help us to trade internationally and attract inward investment across all of the UK to create and maintain jobs. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in excellence in training for the next generation if we are to remain competitive globally and help create a thriving economy.

“Congratulations to all of those on the WorldSkills UK Talent Programme. They really are the high flyers of their generation and should help inspire young people and parents everywhere – turning vocational snobbery on its head – showing that choosing a technical career is a clear route to success in work and life.”

Martin McGuire, WorldSkills UK Scotland director, added: “I am delighted that 17 young people from Scotland have gained a place on the WorldSkills UK Talent Programme that will hopefully see them selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. Their achievements are a great endorsement of the skills system in Scotland. The members of Squad UK are the high flyers of their generation and they have an important role to play in demonstrating that a vocational pathway can lead to success in work and life.”  

The WorldSkills UK squad for Shanghai
 

Competitor   Skill Organisation
Jessica Rose Ancill 3D Digital Game Art Birmingham Metropolitan College
Ross Findlay 3D Digital Game Art City of Glasgow College 
George Hutchison 3D Digital Game Art City of Glasgow College 
Erik Geza  Petnehazi 3D Digital Game Art City of Glasgow College 
Gareth Jarvis Aircraft Maintenance  British Airways Maintenance Cardiff
Ben Simcox Aircraft Maintenance  Raytheon Systems Ltd
David Davies Aircraft Maintenance  Raytheon Systems Ltd
Ewan Payne Aircraft Maintenance  Royal Air Force
Matthew Goddard Aircraft Maintenance  Titan Airways
Jordan Cliffe Architectural Stonemasonry Building Crafts College
Liam McCauley Architectural Stonemasonry Forth Valley College
Owen Gallimore Architectural Stonemasonry Portland Stone Firms
Josh Harvey Architectural Stonemasonry Weymouth College
James Digger Architectural Stonemasonry York College
Graeme Nevin Auto Body Repair Riverpark Training and Development
Matthew Sutton Auto Body Repair Training 2000 Limited
Harry Chaundy Automobile Technology GTG Training
Matthew Bundy Automobile Technology Skillnet
Billie Jo McKenzie Automobile Technology South West College 
Zara Morgan Beauty Therapy Pembrokeshire College
Charlotte Phillips-Poupard Beauty Therapy Pembrokeshire College
Holly Mae Cotterall Beauty Therapy Reds Hair Company
Kirsty Frazer Beauty Therapy Southern Regional College
Chloe Williams Beauty Therapy Weston College
Luke Myers Bricklaying Bishop Burton College
Darren Houston Building Information Modelling New College Lanarakshire 
Minahil Nawasz Building Information Modelling New College Lanarakshire 
Connor Patterson Building Information Modelling New College Lanarakshire 
Finlay Champion Cabinet Making Chichester College Group
James Boyes Cabinet Making Moulton College
Jamie Kennard Cabinet Making Parkway Interiors Ltd
Josh Jones Car Painting NPTC Group - Pontardawe College
Craig Kennedy Car Painting Riverpark Training and Development
Aubrey Whiteside Car Painting Riverpark Training and Development
Lavanya Hemanth Chemical Laboratory Technology Middlesex University
Lewis Dymock Chemical Laboratory Technology New College Lanarakshire 
Adam Purvis Chemical Laboratory Technology Southern Regional College
Abigail Stansfield CNC Milling BAE Systems
Carwyn Roberts CNC Milling Coleg Cambria
Joel Keen CNC Milling Rolls-Royce Plc
Arron Orr CNC Turning Fort Vale Engineering
Kieran McShane Construction Metal Work Burnley College
Balveen Nota Construction Metal Work Dudley College
Celt John Cooking Coleg Ceredigion
Chloe Lloyd-Hughes Cooking North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
Sam Everton Cooking Pembrokeshire College
Ashleigh Hellowell Cooking Royal Garden Hotel
Danny Bunphaung Cooking South Eastern Regional College
Steven Megaw Cooking Southern Regional College
Cameron McKnight Cyber Security Belfast Metropolitan College
Stefan Bargan Cyber Security Walsall College
Luke Jowett Cyber Security Walsall College
Alex Rendall Electrical Installation Bridgwater and Taunton College
Thomas Williamson Electrical Installation Coleg Cambria
Benjamin Martin Electrical Installation Nesbitt Electrical Installation
Ben Kidner Electrical Installation Rogers Restorations Ltd
Erjon Berisha Electronics Belfast Metropolitan College
Liam Hughes Electronics Gower College Swansea
Ben Lewis Electronics Gower College Swansea
Rhys Watts Electronics Gower College Swansea
Nathan  Evans Electronics Gower College Swansea
Clara Agnew Floristry CAFRE
Hannah Beckley Floristry Warwickshire College - Moreton Morrell College
Shane Powell Hairdressing Coleg Gwent
Phoebe McLavy Hairdressing Coleg Sir Gar
Menna Williams Hairdressing Coleg Sir Gar
Ellie Mumby Hairdressing Grimsby institue
Bayley Harris Hairdressing Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training
Erica Czerny Hairdressing Strode College
Molly Lawton Health and Social Care Pembrokeshire College
Morgan McNeil IT Network Systems Administration Cardiff and Vale College
Samuel Miller IT Network Systems Administration City of Glasgow College 
Ben Beckett IT Network Systems Administration North East Surrey College of Technology
Isaac George IT Network Systems Administration North East Surrey College of Technology
Madeline Rowe Jewellery London Artworks
Martina Grumitt Jewellery M A Griffin
George Schenbri Jewellery The Goldsmiths' Company
Harry Colgrave Joinery Exeter College - Construction Training Centre
Ross Fiori Joinery NCG Carlisle College
Alex Howe Joinery West Suffolk College
Nick Bundy Landscape Gardening Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes
Jack Hodgkinson Landscape Gardening Myerscough College
Harry Funnell Landscape Gardening Myerscough College
Jack Hinks Landscape Gardening Myerscough College
Charles Samson Manufacturing Team Challenge Magellan Aerospace (UK) Ltd
Chloe Millington Manufacturing Team Challenge Ricoh UK Products Ltd
Thomas Mills Manufacturing Team Challenge Ricoh UK Products Ltd
Belinda Nightingale Manufacturing Team Challenge Ricoh UK Products Ltd
Ryan Lee Manufacturing Team Challenge Shrewsbury Colleges Group
Harry Maddox Manufacturing Team Challenge Shrewsbury Colleges Group
Thomas Moule Manufacturing Team Challenge Shrewsbury Colleges Group
Jack Bateson Mechanical Engineering CAD BAE Systems
Lewis Batchelor Mechanical Engineering CAD New College Lanarakshire 
Neil Donnolly Mechanical Engineering CAD New College Lanarakshire 
Liam Whitby Mechatronics Hydro Extrusion 
Joe Austins Mechatronics Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
David Fryer-Winder Mechatronics Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
Will  Gale Mechatronics Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
Oliver Shimwell Mechatronics Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
Josh Sibley Mechatronics Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
Dan Slaney Mechatronics Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
Bradley Ellison Mechatronics UTC Sheffield
Paul Hayter Mechatronics UTC Sheffield
Kamil Zmich Mechatronics UTC Sheffield
Lewis Boyle Painting and Decorating Leeds College of Building
Bridie Kilby Painting and Decorating Leicester College
Thomas Nowell Painting and Decorating Truro and Penwith College
Isabella Skipp Patisserie and Confectionary Havant and South Downs College
Connor Stow Patisserie and Confectionary Hull College
Katie Graham Patisserie and Confectionary South Eastern Regional College
Ben Metcalfe Patisserie and Confectionary Trafford College group Altrincham campus
Kalem Kerrigan Plastering and Drywall Systems Errigal Contracts
Brendan Duddy Plastering and Drywall Systems North West Regional College 
Connor Cruden Plumbing and Heating Moray College
Samuel Henderson Plumbing and Heating Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation
Jack Newton Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Crowther and Shaw LTD
Dominic Dray Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Eastleigh College
Chloe Holliday Restaurant Service Brockenhurst College
Simona Federova Restaurant Service City of Glasgow College 
Emily  Jones  Restaurant Service Coleg Cambria
Hedydd Davies Restaurant Service Coleg Ceredigion
Paulina Skoczek Restaurant Service Gower College Swansea
Donna Blainey Visual Merchandising City of Glasgow College 
Saskia Godley Visual Merchandising North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College 
Ellie Ruff Visual Merchandising South Leicestershire College
Morgan Swift Wall and Floor Tiling City of Glasgow College 
Andrew Mcdonald Wall and Floor Tiling Leeds College of Building
Dylan Calvert Wall and Floor Tiling Southern Regional College
Odhran Connolly Wall and Floor Tiling Southern Regional College
Dylan Gillanders Wall and Floor Tiling Southern Regional College
Jack Day Web Technologies Highbury College, Portsmouth
Lewis Newton Web Technologies Highbury College, Portsmouth
Zack Evans Web Technologies NPTC Group – Neath College
Thomas Griffin Web Technologies Weston College
Danny Hills Welding Lakes College West Cumbria
Morgan Roberts Welding Lakes College West Cumbria
Harry Jackson Welding Stainless Metalcraft Ltd

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