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Kendal College student to represent UK in global skills competition

Published on: Friday 29th December 2017

Categorised under: Learn , Apprentices, College, Kendal

A Plumbing and Heating apprentice from Kendal College has been named ‘best of the best’ in his chosen skill, gaining a place in the 2019 WorldSkills Finals in Russia.

Matthew Barton, 19, showcased his talent in a three-day practical competition at the WorldSkills UK Finals at Birmingham’s NEC last month. He impressed judges in his small central heating system and hot/cold water installation, winning him a Bronze Award and a place in Team UK.

Matthew said: “I really enjoyed my Worldskills experience. It was a fantastic way for me to demonstrate my skills and I am more than happy to receive Bronze.”

John Ladell, Plumbing Lecturer at Kendal College, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for our relatively small construction department to have students competing at the highest level. Our staff thrive to produce the highest quality tradesmen and women and Matthew’s success proves again how Kendal College continues to punch above its weight. We all want to congratulate Matthew and wish him good luck in the final stages of the selection process.”

Film Production students, Kelcey Bamber, Jake McKenna, Elizabeth Morley, and Rhys Rawcliffe also took home a Bronze Award for the College.

The 2019 WorldSkills Finals will take place in Kazan, Russia in August 2019 and will bring together students from more than 70 countries.