Medallion of Excellence awarded for Joe’s world class standard in Aircraft Maintenance at the WorldSkills finals (known as the Skills Olympics) in Abu Dhabi.

Joseph Massey, 23 from Prescott who works for Airbus headed out to Abu Dhabi to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in the Aircraft Maintenance skills competition with fellow Cambria competitor, Ethan Davies, 22 from Mynydd Isa, who works for Electroimpact and competed in CNC Milling.

After months of training, Joe made one final big effort to place himself in the running for a medal in Aircraft Maintenance this week. He was successfully awarded a Medallion of Excellence in the tough competition, proving his skills are of world class standards.

Team UK is supported by WorldSkills UK, which has pioneered techniques and methodology from elite sports training which have been honed to help produce the very best exponents of dozens of disciplines and trades.

Having triumphed through regional heats, a national final, a Team UK selection process and months of intensive training, 34 young apprentices (or former apprentices) – completed 4 days of competition at the 44th WorldSkills Finals.

More than 1,200 young people, from over 50 nations, who are specialist in 51 different disciplines from hairdressing to aircraft maintenance plumbing to 3D games design, competed for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Both Joe and Ethan have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to secure their places along with the rest of the super-talented Team UK members.

Team UK has triumphed picking up no less than 20 medals, 1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze and 13 medallions of excellence at a spectacular closing ceremony in front of 15,000 people and the world’s media at the ad Du Arena. The UK team finished 10th in the medals table ahead of Germany and was the smallest team to make the global top 10.

Coleg Cambria CEO, David Jones OBE said,

“Many congratulations to Joe for winning a very well deserved Medallion of Excellence at the Skills Olympics in Abu Dhabi.  He has shown this week that he is truly one of the best in the world!

“Congratulations also to Ethan for his hard work and commitment in representing Wales and the UK on the global stage.

“We are delighted and proud of their success and wish to thank the staff at Cambria and their employers, Airbus and Electroimpact, for supporting, encouraging and challenging them to achieving this greatness.”

Dr. Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK said, “These young people have done the nation proud.

“If we celebrate Team UK’s success and use it to inspire others to follow in their footsteps – the future of the UK is in safe hands. “

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP, who visited the competition to support WorldSkills UK and the team, called upon parents to take note of the results saying, “I have been blown away by Team UK. They have done fantastically well – this is the UK competing on the World stage for skills and achieving great things.

“There will be huge celebrations when they come home. To get to this level is brilliant.

“There is a message here for parents – university is not the only option – the opportunities are boundless if they overcome any bias that they might have. We must ensure that the young apprentices here become an inspiration to others.

“WorldSkills UK is doing a fantastic job supporting these young people – with thousands of hours of input. We need to put all that they are doing – the ethos of this competition, the spirit of these apprentices- into a bottle and sprinkle it across the UK.”

Team UK Abu Dhabi 2017 Closing Ceremony
Team UK WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
Team UK WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
Team UK WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
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