A FORMER Chichester College student will represent the UK at one of the world’s most important and prestigious skills competitions.
Owen Aldous will travel to Russia in August with Team UK for the WorldSkills 2019 Finals.
He will be competing in the cabinet making category, having excelled in recent national competitions in the field and impressed at last week’s final selection.
Owen said: “I’m really excited about it – I had no idea I would be chosen as it’s been really close throughout training.
“We’ve all worked really hard to get here. The training is intense, and it is tough both physically and mentally as you try to improve and get better.
“It takes a lot of work and countless hours, but worth it! It’s a good feeling to know I’m going to be representing my country.”
Owen joins more than 30 of the UK’s best and brightest young skilled apprentices and students from across a range of industries, including engineering, construction, hospitality and IT, who have been chosen to represent all four nations in Team UK after a competitive two-year selection process.
He follows in the footsteps of a number of Chichester College students, with both Edward Harringman and George Callow – now Owen’s manager at Callow & Co – both winning gold for the UK at WorldSkills in 2015 and 2013 respectively.
Under the guidance of Christian Notley MBE, UK Training Manager for cabinet making and deputy head of learning for furniture at Chichester College, Owen has been training alongside two other cabinet makers – including Tom Pennicott, another former Chichester student.
The WorldSkills Finals will take place in Kazan, Russia, from August 22 to 27.
More than 60 countries are sending elite teams to the Tatarstan capital – 800 km east of Moscow – to do battle and go for bronze, silver and gold in 56 different skills disciplines.
The event, dubbed the ‘Skills Olympics’, will be shown live on TV and streamed around the world.
At the last WorldSkills finals (2017) in Abu Dhabi, Team UK finished in 10th position and is hoping to replicate or better the result.