Canmaking apprentices qualify for World Skills championships

Three trainee engineers from canmaking equipment manufacturer CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMB) have been selected to represent the UK in an international skills competition regarded as the apprentices’ Olympics.

Andrew Joyce, Isaac Khan and James Thomason will compete in the WorldSkills event at Kazan in Russia at the end of August. They qualified for selection when their electric wheelchair project won them the Manufacturing Team Challenge gold medal at the UK Skills Show in 2017.

They’ll be among 32 young trainees representing the UK in industries as diverse as engineering, construction, creative arts and logistics. More than 1,600 apprentices and students from around 60 countries will be vying for gold at the 45th holding of the biannual event.

The first-ever WorldSkills competition took place in Madrid in 1950. This year’s event will be broadcast on TV around the world, said Yorkshire-based CMB.

“Representing your country on the world stage is no easy feat,” the company said in a statement. “It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill.”

The trio follow in the footsteps of previous CMB apprentices Andrew Maguire, George Moffat and Daniel Gebhard, who represented the UK in the 2013 WorldSkills competition, held in Leipzig, Germany.