The Welding Institute wishes to congratulate all of the young people who took part
in the WorldSkills UK Finals last week – especially those in the welding and construction
The finals took place at the Skills Show, held at the NEC Birmingham from 19 to
21 November. Medals were awarded at a presentation ceremony attended by around 700
people, where the young people with a shot at representing their country at the
next international WorldSkills competition were also announced.
Every year The Welding Institute helps organise SkillWeld, a competition that feeds
into the WorldSkills UK Finals. A series of regional heats identify the best young
welders and construction metalworkers in the country, before ten in each category
graduate to the WorldSkills UK Finals, earning a shot at a medal and a chance to
represent their country on the international stage.
Special congratulations go to Jamie Lee Robinson, Conor Alexander and Kane Foulkes,
who respectively won gold, silver and bronze medals in the welding category, and
to Thomas Woodburn, Bradley Clare and Christopher Taylor, who did the same in construction
Congratulations also go to entrants from each category who were highly commended
by the judges: Thomas Earle, James Elliott and Jonathan Rowell in welding, and Macaulay
Reavil and Ryan Smith in construction metalwork.
The following have been selected for Team UK, and will now begin training with an
aim to represent the UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017: in welding, Thomas Earle,
Neil O’Brien and Jonathan Rowell; in construction metalwork, Bradley Clare, Oliver
Kauss, Macaulay Reavil, Luke Sherwood and Thomas Woodburn.
From the 200 or so young people comprising Team UK, around 50, covering a range
of more than 40 skills, will be chosen to form the squad that travels to Abu Dhabi
in 2017. To find out more visit www.findafuture.org.uk/worldskills.
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