Team UK will be aiming for glory on the world stage in Lyon, France, just hours after the Olympic flame in Paris is extinguished. Comprising 31 of the finest apprentices and students from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, Team UK is selected, trained, and managed by WorldSkills UK.

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company is the official partner of Team UK for WorldSkills Lyon 2024.  

All aged under 25, these members will compete in disciplines including cyber security, renewable energy, digital construction, cooking, hairdressing, and painting and decorating. They’ll embark on an exhilarating journey at WorldSkills Finals, often referred to as the ‘Skills Olympics’, in Lyon, France, where they’ll strive for Gold, Silver, or Bronze in their chosen skill.

WorldSkills Lyon will welcome over 1,500 young people from 65 countries between September 10 and 15.

Ben Blackledge, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “WorldSkills Lyon 2024 – think Olympic Games – where the prize is the world-class skills that UK employers are crying out for.


“The UK’s participation in the ‘skills Olympics’ will provide vital insights to ensure we can develop our apprenticeship and training programmes, to make them truly world-class.”


“I couldn’t be prouder of the exceptional young people in Team UK; they are fantastic role models.  Together with Pearson, we will use their participation at WorldSkills to boost the prestige of technical and vocational education, inspiring many more young people to take up technical and vocational training across the UK to help drive investment, jobs and economic growth.”


Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Luke Hall said: “Best of luck to our remarkably talented competitors at this summer’s “skills Olympics. WorldSkills is an excellent opportunity to prove on the global stage that we have built a world class skills and apprenticeship system. I am hoping for a podium sweep from our apprentices and students in Lyon.”

Freya Thomas Monk, Managing Director of Vocational Qualifications and Training at Pearson, said: “Pearson shares many goals with WorldSkills UK – celebrating the best of vocational and technical education, raising awareness and the prestige of the sector and supporting young people to set benchmarks of excellence in their chosen fields.

“I hope the Team UK members take pride in the fact that their dedication and talent have rightfully earned them a place in this prestigious competition.  The skills they have honed, and the standards they have worked so hard to reach, represent the very best our nation has to offer. Here at Pearson, we are cheering you on every step of the way.”

NameSkillTraining ProviderEmployerHometown
Nathan YoungMechanical Engineering: CADNew College Lanarkshire   University of the West of Scotlandn/aEast Kilbride, Scotland 
David McKeown (Former apprentice)Autobody RepairRiverpark TrainingJames McKeown Accident RepairBallymena, Northern Ireland
Ruben Duggan  (Former apprentice)Plumbing and HeatingColeg Y CymoeddPowerserv LTDManmoel, Caerphilly, Wales
Daniel Knox (Former apprentice)Electrical InstallationSouth West CollegeGP Electrical and Security LTDEnniskillen, Northern Ireland
Isaac Bingham (Former apprentice)Cabinet MakingSouthern Regional CollegeMonkeywoodRathfriland, Newry, Northern Ireland
Oska ReadyCookingDN College GroupDN1 Delicatessen & DiningDoncaster, England
Finley GrahamIT Network Systems AdministrationCity of Glasgow College   Glasgow Caledonian University  n/aAirdrie, Scotland
Edie Hanna (Completed BTEC in Health and Social Care)Health and Social CareSheffield College   Manchester Metropolitan Universityn/aSheffield, England
Yasmin George3D Digital Game ArtCity of Glasgow College   Glasgow Caledonian University n/aGlasgow, Scotland
Kasia Gierek (Degree apprentice)Chemical Laboratory TechnologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityItalmatch ChemicalsWarrington, England
Isabelle BarronDigital ConstructionSheffield Hallam UniversityWSPClitheroe, Lancashire, England
Danny McBean (Former apprentice)Renewable EnergyUHI MorayGrants (Dufftown)Elgin, Scotland 
Charlie Carson
(BTEC in Engineering)
Robot Systems IntegrationNorthern Regional College
University of Ulster
n/aBallymoney, Northern Ireland
Jason Scott
(BTEC in Engineering) 
Robot Systems IntegrationNorthern Regional CollegeAES GlobalMagherafelt, Northern Ireland
Dior Regan (Apprentice)Painting and DecoratingLincoln College Lindum GroupLincoln, England
Michael Crilley (Apprentice) ElectronicsGloucestershire Engineering TrainingCustommade GroupStroud, England
Alex Whitemore (Former Apprentice)CNC MillingBabcock InternationalBabcock InternationalPlymouth, England
Rosie Boddy
(Former apprentice, BTEC in Aeronautical Engineering)
Aircraft MaintenanceColeg CambriaColeg CambriaBroughton, Flintshire
Mark Kiss
(BTEC in Information Technology)
Web TechnologiesUnited Colleges Groupn/aLondon, England
Harry Scolding (Former apprentice)JoinerySolihull CollegeHDS JoinerySolihull, England
Aaron LukerCyber SecurityUniversity of South WalesSudoCyber LimitedSwindon, England
Max ClarkeCyber SecurityUniversity of South WalesProlinxSwindon, England
Oscar McNaughton Additive ManufacturingUniversity of Wales Trinity St Davidn/aVale of Glamorgan, Wales
Miguel Harvey (Former apprentice)Car PaintingSteer (Stratford- Upon-Avon)Steer (Stratford-Upon-Avon)Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
Ruby Pile (BTEC in Hospitality Management)Restaurant ServicesCardiff and Vale CollegeLucknam Park Hotel and SpaNewport, Wales
Luke Haile (Former apprentice) Refrigeration and Air ConditioningEastleigh CollegeLightfoot DefenceLee-on-the-Solent, England 
Mikhaela Rain RoyIndustry 4.0Middlesex Universityn/aLondon, England
Simonas Brasas (BTEC in Engineering)Industry 4.0Barking and Dagenham College   Kingston Universityn/aKingston Upon Thames, England
Lucy Yelland (Apprentice, BTEC in Engineering)MechatronicsTameside CollegeSiemensNewcastle-Under-Lyme, England
Ben Love (Apprentice, BTEC in Engineering)MechatronicsTameside CollegeSiemensAstley, Greater Manchester, England
Charlotte Lloyd (Apprentice)HairdressingReds Hair CompanyReds Hair CompanyRoss-on-Wye, England

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