Hull College achieves World Skills success with a chance to showcase at Abu Dhabi in 2017

Hull College achieves World Skills success with a chance to showcase at Abu Dhabi in 2017

Hull College has again achieved tremendous success at the WorldSkills UK finals held at Birmingham NEC last week.

Josh Hunter, a former Hull College 14-16 student and apprentice, and now studying in the College’s School of Construction and Green Energy Skills on a Professional Construction Course, won the Gold Medal for Bricklaying and was crowned the UK’s Best Young Bricklayer following in the footsteps of another Hull College student, Tom Dixon, who also took Gold in 2014. Josh is employed by Geo Houlton and Sons.


Steve Lodge, also a former 14-16 student from the College’s School of Hair, Beauty and Catering, and now a full time chef at the Village Hotel in Hessle, secured the Bronze medal in the Confectionary competition and Lorna Thompson, a former apprentice with the College and also competing in the Confectionary competition, was highly commended.

Josh, Steve and Lorna expertly showcased their talents in a range of live tasks at the UK finals attended by over 80,000 people, which tested their competency and skills levels. They have all subsequently been selected to join Squad UK, where they will compete for limited places to represent the UK in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Hull College Principal, Graham Towse said:

We are absolutely delighted with our students’ achievements at the WorldSkills UK competition again this year.

The College has a strong track record of producing national skills champions in a range of disciplines and we are so proud that Josh, Steve and Lorna have successfully flown the flag for the City of Hull, the College and their respective trades.

Each of them truly reflects the high level of commitment, skill and progression that our students can achieve with Hull College. Many thanks must also go to the individual tutors who put in so many additional hours to ensure that they were well prepared for this the most prestigious of skills competitions in the UK.

If they make it to Abu Dhabi in 2017, it will be a brilliant achievement to showcase during Hull’s City of Culture year!