Humber LEP are delighted to announce that a young apprentice from Geo Houlton and Sons, trained by Hull College, has achieved a Medallion of Excellence as part of Team UK’s best ever performance in EuroSkills. We wish josh every success going forward.
EuroSkills 2016 took place in Gothenburg from 1 to 3 December and saw more than 500 competitors from 28 nations across the continent come together to compete in over 35 different skill areas ranging from engineering and construction through to creative and hospitality.
The 22-strong Team UK’s medal haul meant that the UK finished seventh out of 28 countries in the overall medal table.
Professional Construction student Josh Hunter won the Medallion of Excellence in Bricklaying after building a two metre high construction of both the Feskekôrka, Gothenburg’s indoor fish market, and Läppstiftet, Gothenburg’s famous tower. Using a maximum of 450 bricks, judges awarded points for precise measurements, angles and joints but also for the competitor’s design skills, organisational ability and problem solving skills.
Talking about the EuroSkills finals, a process which started in qualifying for Team UK last year, Josh said: “It has been a long process since qualifying for Team UK in November 2015 but one that has been well worth it.
“It has been a life-changing experience from travelling with the team to Gothenburg, bearing the UK flag at the opening ceremony and testing my skills against the best in Europe.”
As an apprentice, Josh has also been supported throughout the process and the route to Gothenburg by his employer, east Hull construction company Geo Houlton and Sons Ltd.
(Josh is 3rd from left)
Graham Towse, Hull College Principal said: “We are absolutely delighted with Josh’s achievements at the EuroSkills finals and the success of Team UK.
“The College has a strong track record of producing skills champions in a range of disciplines and we are so proud that Josh has represented the UK while flying the flag for the College and the City of Hull.
“Josh’s success reflects a high level of personal commitment and skill as well as the support received from College tutors and Houlton’s to ensure that Josh was well prepared for this the most prestigious of skills competitions.
“You’ve made Hull College and the UK proud!”
Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which oversees the UK’s regional and national competitions, as well as Team UK’s selection and preparation, said:
“We are overjoyed – our best ever performance – just at the moment when we really need it.
“The pressure that these people are under is ensuring that they compete at an international standard, and it’s crucial for the economy and business that they perform at that level.
“These young people are going back into their workplaces and sharing that knowledge and experience – which helps businesses to thrive and that’s what’s going to help businesses compete with others across the world.
“They are the future, the future of our economy, the future of our nation…they are going to help our economy to grow.”