Two Coleg Cambria students have earned their place to be represent Team UK at the WorldSkills finals in Abu Dhabi.

21-year-old Ethan from Mynydd Isa who’s employed by Electroimpact as a Higher Manufacturing Apprentice and Joseph Massey, 23 from Prescott who’s employed by Airbus as an Aircraft Fitter will be joining the nation’s elite skilled women and men who have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy.

Successful super-talented Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi this October (14 – 19).

The two-year (or more) process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and last month jump the final hurdle reaching the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown.

They will join the team of 32 talented skilled professionals who will continue to undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic style training in preparation for the most intense week of competition imaginable.

Skills represented ranged from Aircraft Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering through to Restaurant Service and Cyber Security.  Ethan will be competing in the CNC milling whilst Joe will be battling it out in the Aircraft Maintenance skill competition.

WorldSkills UK, which helps young people ‘Go Further, Faster’, is spearheading the use of competition in the workplace, training centers, schools and colleges to inspire the next generation and fill the skills gap.

David Jones OBE, Chief Executive Coleg Cambria said:

“We are hugely proud of Ethan and Joseph’s success – they have achieved the pinnacle of skills – the World Championships!  A massive thank you to their employers, Electroimpact and Airbus UK, their coaches, and the team at Cambria.  Having two of our own students, two apprentices, as part of a UK team of only 32 is a major success that everyone in North East Wales should be very proud of”

This year’s final is seen as an important litmus test as to how well the UK will fare post Brexit with the rest of the World. Homegrown skills will become ever more important as industry seeks to reduce reliance on workers from the EU.

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