World Skills UK Squad Train at Somerset College

Somerset College has welcomed the arrival of the World Skills UK Squad for training at their cutting edge newly designed joinery and woodwork construction facility in Taunton.

Online PR News – 02-October-2012 – Taunton, Somerset UK – WorldSkills, sometimes referred to as “the Skills Olympics”, is a global event in which young people from 52 countries compete once every two years for the prize of being crowned the world’s
best in their chosen trade.

The skills covered range from construction based skills, to hair and beauty, to web design. The next competition takes place in Leipzig, Germany in 2013. Members of the UK squad are currently working hard to hone their skills as they prepare to take on the world.

Somerset College in Taunton has been chosen as the training venue for the Joinery and Cabinet Making teams. UK squad Training Manager Andrew Pengelly explains “These competitors are the best in the country. They have won regional and national competitions to get here. They not only have exceptional vocational skills, but need academic skills too. The majority of the skills we analyse when developing these individuals relate to maths and geometry”.

Somerset College was chosen as the training venue for the Joinery and Cabinet Making teams on the strength of its facilities. Christian Notely UK squad Training Manager for the Cabinet Making team notes “In order for these guys to perform at their best, they require world-class workshop facilities. We are lucky to have Somerset College available to us, where the equipment and facilities are simply world-class.”

The UK squad training at the college consists of cabinet makers Blake Fewster (Taunton, Somerset, 20) George Calloway (Wittering, East Sussex, 20) and Edward Harringman (Battle, West Sussex, 19), plus joiners Luke Shepherd (Glastonbury, Somerset, 20) and David Beattie (Co. Tyrone, Northen Ireland, 21).

George Calloway says “I was interested in woodwork at school and it was this passion that has driven me forward to achieve my goals. Being a part of the UK World Skills team is heavy pressure but has provided an invaluable experience. I feel honoured to be part of it”.

Andrew Pengelly sums up what the competitors are aiming for “If you represent your country at World Skills and achieve a medal or a high placing, then the benefits for your career are substantial. Past winners are routinely head-hunted by the best firms in the UK. It is an experience that sets them up for life”.