Local roofing apprentice named ‘Best in the UK’ at The Skills Show

Connor Martin, 18 from Cornwall has been named the ‘Best in the UK’ in roofing after winning Gold at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at this year’s The Skills Show which took place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC Birmingham.

This is the second year running that an apprentice from Cornwall College has scooped a gold award in roofing and due to Connor’s age he is potentially eligible to compete for a place in the UK Squad team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015.

Connor, who is employed by Heritage Roofing Launceston and attends Cornwall College in St Austell one day a week, triumphed earlier this year in the South West heat of the Roof Slating and Tiling SkillBuild competition which got him to the final at the WorldSkills competition.

Alongside the gold medal, two CCB  apprentices Adam Hall (furniture Studies) and George Caddick (Plumbing) received a highly commended and other competitors were Tim Metcalfe (Site Carpentry) and three students from AAT (accountancy) who all competed and finished to an excellent standard.
WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. The Competitions are the highlight of The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event. Over 800 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners battled it out in 70 competitions ranging from Floristry to Mechanical Engineering to be named the ‘best in the UK’ in their chosen skill.

Entering the WorldSkills UK 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.

Keith Smith, Director, The Skills Funding Agency and UK Official Delegate to WorldSkills International said: “I offer my congratulations to Connor Martin. 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 and celebrate the high levels of talent entering the UK’s workforce.” Using hands-on experiences, The Skills Show inspires young people to reconsider the opportunities available to them, as well as providing information and advice from employers and careers advisers to spark the imagination and turn ideas about potential work opportunities into reality.

Amarjit Basi, Principal and CEO of Cornwall College, said: “We are hugely excited about Connor’s outstanding achievement, and the prospect of him competing at World Skills in Brazil.  The on-going success of our apprentices and employers at national level prove that the high quality apprenticeship schemes we provide at Cornwall College, equip our learners with the skills, professionalism and dedication that allows them to secure sustainable employment and make huge contributions to the local economy.”