CITB’s 2016 apprentice of the year, Joshua Hunter, has been named in Team UK for the upcoming WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi (14 – 19 October).
Josh is one of 32 making up the nation’s elite young skilled women and men selected to go for gold against the rest of the world.
The Worldskills UK team:
Josh will be representing Team UK in the Bricklaying category and will be joined by seven fellow construction apprentices:
- Carpentary – Cameron Nutt
- Cabinet Making – Angus Bruce-Gardner
- Painting & Decorating – Jordan Charters
- Joinery – Conor Willmott
- Wall & Floor Tiling – Armondas Tamulis
- Plastering & Dry Wall Systems – Harrison Moy
- Construction Metal Work – Macauly Reavil
The UK squad has gone through regional heats, a national final, European finals and last month jumped the final hurdle at a team selection showdown.
Team UK will continue to undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic style training in preparation for the final.
WorldSkills UK, which helps young people ‘Go Further, Faster’, is spearheading the use of competition in the workplace, training centres, schools and colleges to inspire the next generation and fill the skills gap.
WorldSkills UK Chief Executive, Dr Neil Bentley, said: “This is a critical moment for the future of these inspirational young people – and our economy.
“The WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi are more important than international sporting fixtures spurring on competitors to achieve the highest international standards to inspire more and more young people to get into apprenticeships and technical careers, getting them off to the best start in work and life.
“Our ability to produce the right number of skilled, motivated, young people is vital for productivity, competitiveness and economic growth.
“Team UK represents the very future success of our economy.”
WorldSkills Finals are held every two years when over a thousand competitors from more than seventy countries gather for four days of competition.
In 2015 at the most recent WorldSkills Finals, held in Såo Paulo, Team UK finished overall seventh in the medal table, ahead of France and Germany - bringing home an impressive haul of medals including three gold, four silver, two bronze and twenty three medallions of excellence.