Cornwall college showcase apprentice talent at skills show

Seven apprentices from Cornwall College Business (CCB) have qualified to battle it out against the UK’s most talented apprentices and students in the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at this year’s competition at The Skills Show.

Taking place from 14–16 November at the NEC Birmingham, The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event.  The highlight of the Show is the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals which take place in 70 skills ranging from Floristry to Mechanical Engineering.  During the three days of the show, 800 of the country’s most talented apprentices and students will compete in front of 100,000 visitors to be named the ‘best’ in their skill in the UK.

WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious and to develop their skills to the highest level.  Entering the competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career.  Taking part enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.

George Caddick from Blue Bay Plumbing and Heating will be tested for his plumbing expertise; this is the fifth year running that Cornwall College has an Apprentice competing in the plumbing final.

Tim Metcalf who is employed by Cornwall Carpentry Services will be competing in the Cabinet Making and Carpentry category.  He follows an illustrious group of past winners; Cornwall College Business Apprentices have achieved gold in this category on five different occasions since 2003.

Connor Martin from Heritage Roofing Launceston is competing in the Roof Slating and Tiling Advanced category, following on the heels of last year’s winner who was also a Cornwall College Business and who was subsequently also presented with the Mason-Elliot Award – Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, Chartered 1568.

Adam Hall from Pendennis Shipyard is competing in the Furniture making Category; this is the first time a Cornwall College Apprentice has reached the final in this category.

Peter Mercy, Head of Technology, Cornwall College said:  “We’re delighted to see our Apprentices go through to the national finals of SkillBuild 2013. It’s a real testament to the work that they have been doing and the support that they’ve received from their employers and tutors.  This is a fantastic opportunity for all involved, we are very confident that our learners will be successful and foresee a bright future ahead for them.”

In the Business Administration and IT categories, Emily Dunstan and Elliot Webb employed by Cornwall Council and Joseph Dowling employed by Francis Clarke will be competing as Accounting Technicians, where their technical knowledge and work management skills will be put to test. This particular competition focuses on all the essential requirements for a successful career as an Accounting Technician.

‘This is the first time that Cornwall College Business has entered a team for the Accountancy competition and all the College staff that have been involved in the training of the AAT team are extremely proud of their success in reaching the finals,”  said Rose Walker AAT Course Manager and Lecturer, Cornwall College.  “Reaching the finals is a remarkable achievement and is recognition of the commitment the team and their employers have made to training for the nationally recognised AAT qualification. This is a fantastic opportunity for the apprentices to demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired both in college and with their employers in the workplace’.

Jaine Bolton, Director, National Apprenticeship Service said: “I wish every competitor the best of luck.  It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill to compete against the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners.”

“By holding the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals at The Skills Show we can showcase the high levels of talent entering the UK’s workforce and celebrate the excellent standard of teaching and learning delivered across the further education.”