Moray Apprentices bring home Gold and Silver in National Competition

Two of Moray College UHI apprentices took part in the National Finals of the Worldskills UK Competition at the NEC, Birmingham last week.

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Connor Curden with BPEC Chairman George Thomson and CEO Neil Collishaw

More than 500 apprentices and students competed in over 70 different disciplines – battling to be the best in the UK. 

The Worldskills Competition is an annual event which brings together talents from across industry sectors aimed at highlighting career opportunities for young people with the individual skill competitions at the heart of the show.

Lewis Sim, employed by McDonald & Munro as an Electrical Installation Apprentice, was awarded the SkillELECTRIC Silver Medal after being put through his paces and completing a practical task set to a strict timescale and rigorous marking criteria.

Connor Cruden, Plumbing Apprentice at the college and employed by Gary Cowie, won Gold and was crowned SkillPLUMB Champion. Connor will now be considered for selection for the Worldskills Competition known as the "Skills Olympics" to be held in Shanghai. The squad for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 will be announced early December.

David Patterson, CEO and Principal of Moray College UHI said:

“To qualify for the UK finals is an achievement in itself, so to come home with a Gold and a Silver is testimony to the great skills and tireless dedication of both our apprentices and our staff here at Moray College. Delighted, and very, very proud!”

Jim Mackinnon, Lecturer at Moray College UHI said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for both Connor and Lewis, who have worked exceptionally hard over the last year. Their commitment and determination earned them their place in the finals and their hard work has been rewarded by this achievement.”