The UK’s top skilled, apprentices and students have been selected to represent all four nations in Team UK at WorldSkills - known as the ‘Skills Olympics’.

The WorldSkills finals will be in Kazan, Russia (22-27 August).

Team UK

Architectural Stonemasonry - Ethan Conlon

Bricklaying - Lewis Greenwood

Cabinet Making - Owen Aldous

Carpentry - Jack Goodrum

Joinery - Christopher Caine

Painting and Decorating - Callum Bonner

Plastering and Drywall Systems - Curtis Johnston

Wall and Floor Tiling - Mark Scott

I was speechless when they said I made into Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan.  It means so much to me and my family. I’m straight back to work this week and I know I'll need to continue to train hard, but I’m prepared to give it my all. Being able to take part in WorldSkills will be so beneficial to my career as it will open up a huge network for me. I would urge all apprentices to  get involved.

Mark Scott, Wall and Floor Tiling

It was a total shock when they told me I'd made Team UK, I wasn’t expecting it all. I work for my family business and this means so much to everyone. I've been training in the evenings after work and at the weekends, and I will continue to do so, as winning a medal in Kazan would mean everything to me.

Jack Goodrum, Carpentry

I'm so proud to be in Team UK and representing the construction industry at WorldSkills Kazan. I know the next five months will be tough, as I have to up my game even more and focus on the international competition, but I'm doing this for my family and employer, and I want to make everyone proud.

Curtis Johnston, Plastering and Dry Wall Systems

Bring on WorldSkills Kazan! My employer, Clackmannanshire Council, has been so supportive throughout my involvement in competitions. They have seen how my skills have improved and I'm determined to do everyone proud out in Russia. The next five months will be hard work as I train, but I'm determined to do everyone proud.

Callum Bonner, Painting and Decorating

I'm buzzing with the news I've been selected for Team UK. The wait to find out was so nerve wracking. I turned 21 during team selection but I had to put my celebrations on hold, now it will be double celebrations, and then back to training. The standard at EuroSkills Budapest was high and I know in Kazan it will be even higher, but I'm determined to give it my all and go for a medal.

Christopher Caine, Joinery

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