Student success at WorldSkills UK

A pair of Shrewsbury College apprentices scooped top prizes in the final heat of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition last week at the Birmingham NEC.

Bricklayer Ryan Stevens came 2nd in his trade, whilst site carpenter Hal Pharo finished 3rd at WorldSkills UK.

“The competition was harder than anything I’ve done before,” said Ryan, 18. “I was a bit nervous, but I gave it my best.”

Stuart Raine, Assistant Head of School for Technology at Shrewsbury College, said: “The competition is renowned for being very tough and both students did tremendously well in their individual trades. It was a real challenge for them to complete the set job within such strict time restrictions, but they demonstrated excellent skills and workmanship. They are a credit to the College and have inspired their course peers.”

WorldSkills UK competitions reward talent and increase the levels of expertise in apprenticeships, skills and further education.

During this year’s three day event, more than 500 people took part in 61 competitions in skills ranging from Aeronautical Engineering through to Landscape Gardening.  All competitors secured a place in the WorldSkills UK after competing in regional heats throughout the country earlier this year.

Many of the WorldSkills UK National Finals, including Ryan and Hal's competitions, took place at The Skills Show. See highlights of the show and Ryan hard at work here.

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