Thirty-nine young people have been chosen to represent Team UK at the WorldSkills 2022 competition in China. Dubbed the ‘Skills Olympics’ this internationally respected competition is biennial and rewards excellence in technical disciplines. 

Team UK will face off against rivals from 80 countries to bring home gold in their field. Selected after triumphs in the national competitions, the team is diverse. Representatives from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be flying the flag for the UK.

Training for the ultimate prize began in January 2020. Originally scheduled for 2021, the global pandemic forced the Shanghai finals back by a year – a setback the team took in their stride.

Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart:

“I am delighted that these remarkable young people will soon be showcasing their talents and skills on the global stage – they should be so proud of their achievements to date and I look forward to cheering them on when they go for gold in Shanghai.

“WorldSkills UK is doing brilliant work promoting technical education and apprenticeships as prestigious career routes for young people, and their competitions offer a fantastic opportunity to showcase our world-class skills talent.”

Pushing to medal in the top 10, Team UK is looking to improve on their impressive 12th place at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. Helping them achieve this dream is past gold medal winner Haydn Jakes – who took the top prize in Aircraft Maintenance. Since competing in Russia, he has continued studying at The University of Nottingham and was even awarded an MBE! He’s now part of WorldSkills UK Training team.

Haydn James, MBE:

“I can’t wait to pass on what I learned to help this next generation of skilled students make their impact on the world stage. You learn and gain so much through competing at WorldSkills. It’s a life changing experience.” Haydn James, MBE.

Drawn from a diverse range of skills and backgrounds, the team are united in their common goal: to win and inspire others to develop a passion for skills-based training.

WorldSkills UK Deputy CEO, Ben Blackledge:

“These young professionals represent the best in their field. We can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries to drive up standards at home and boost the economy.”

As a hub for skills excellence, WorldSkills UK brings together young people, industry leaders and education providers to celebrate the value of technical education and training. With support from an impressive group of industry professionals and ex-champions, the UK Team are now honing their skills ready for the competition.

Here is Team UK in full:

  • George Hutchison, 3D Game Art, City of Glasgow College
  • Ewan Payne, Aircraft Maintenance, Royal Air Force
  • Graeme Nevin, Autobody Repair, Riverpark Training
  • Matthew Bundy, Automotive Technology, Skillnet
  • James Boyes, Cabinet Making, Moulton College
  • Craig Kennedy, Car Painting, Riverpark Training
  • Kieran McShane, Construction Metalwork, Burnley College
  • Luke Jowett, Cyber Security, Walsall College
  • Sai Putravu, Cyber Security, Dame Alice Owen
  • Ashleigh Hellowell, Cooking, Royal Garden Hotel
  • Lavanya Hemanth, Chemical Laboratory Technician, Middlesex University
  • Abigail Stansfield, CNC Milling, BAE Systems
  • Mona Nawaz, Digital Construction, New College Lanarkshire, employed by Balfour Beatty
  • Ben Lewis, Electronics, Gower College Swansea
  • Alex Rendall, Electrical installation, Bridgwater & Taunton College
  • Hannah Beckley, Floristry, Warwickshire College Group
  • Ellie Mumby, Hairdressing, Grimsby Institute
  • Kamil Zmich, Industry 4.0, UTC Sheffield
  • Liam Whitby, Industry 4.0, Hydro Extrusion
  • George Schembri, Jewellery, The Goldsmiths Centre
  • Ross Fiori, Joinery, NGC Carlisle College
  • Callum (George) Denman, Manufacturing Team Challenge, GE Aviation
  • Michael Jones, Manufacturing Team Challenge, GE Aviation
  • Charles Samson, Manufacturing Team Challenge, Magellan Aerospace (UK) Ltd.
  • Josh Sibley, Mechatronics , Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
  • Oliver Newdall, Mechatronics , Toyota Manufacturing Ltd
  • Lewis Batchelor, Mechanical engineering: CAD, New College Lanarkshire
  • Thomas Nowell, Painting & Decorating, Truro & Penwith College
  • Ben Metcalfe, Patisserie & Confectionery, Trafford College Group
  • Brendan Duddy, Plastering & Drywall Systems, North West Regional, employed by Errigal Contracts
  • Connor Cruden, Plumbing & Heating, Moray College
  • Jack Newton, Refrigeration, Crowther & Shaw Ltd
  • Simona Federová, Restaurant Services, City Of Glasgow College
  • Cameron Middleton , Robotic Systems Integration, Northern Regional College
  • Adam Kirkpatrick, Robotic Systems Integration, Northern Regional College
  • Ellie Ruff, Visual Merchandising, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College
  • Aaron Gillespie, Wall & Floor Tiling, Southern Regional College
  • Lewis Newton, Web Technologies, Highbury College Portsmouth
  • William Hunt, Welding, Rolls-Royce PLC
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