National skills final success for Lancashire businesses

A group of engineering apprentices from companies across Lancashire has taken home two gold and three silver medals at the recent national finals of the prestigious World Skills UK competition.

World SkillsThe winning group, who are doing their apprenticeships with Blackburn-based training provider Training 2000, includes Fort Vale in Burnley employees Jonathan Oddy and Benn Goodwill, Ryan Knight from BCH in Whitworth, Liam Woinson from Paradigm Precision in Burnley and Ryan Worthington from Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick. They were competing in engineering sectors ranging from Computer Aided Design to CNC Milling.

After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, they were shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which took place between 13th to the 15th November at the NEC in Birmingham.

Steve Gray, CEO of Training 2000 said: “We are so proud of all of our learners and their employers. It is a real testament to the quality of the training they receive both at Training 2000 and on the job.”

Whilst at the show they fought off strong competition from almost 600 other apprentices, watched by 75,000 visitors over three days. The skills on show included diverse talents such as floristry, hairdressing, welding and catering.

World Skills is the world’s largest skills competition and hundreds of employers exhibit at the show each year. Outstanding competitors from this year’s World Skills UK finals may be invited to join Squad UK for World Skills Abu Dhabi in 2017. Alan Emerton, training manager at Fort Vale said: "As an organisation that has a genuine passion for training and developing young people, we here at Fort Vale are extremely proud to have two of our apprentices achieve the accolade of each winning silver medals at this year’s UK Skills competitions."