Joinery Apprentice Awarded Bronze in National Final

30 November 2018 | Construction & the Building Trades

A City College Plymouth joinery apprentice has fought off tough competition to be awarded bronze at the prestigious national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competition.

Nathan Summerfield, 25, competed against other joiners from all over the UK in front of over 70,000 visitors at WorldSkills UK LIVE. The three-day event welcomed competitors from over 60 skill areas to go head-to-head for a chance to represent the UK in the International WorldSkills Competition.

Nathan said: “I can’t quite believe it but I am really happy to have been awarded bronze. There was a lot of competition and I just enjoyed being part of it so receiving an award was an unexpected bonus. Competitions like Skillbuild allow you to test out your knowledge and skills as well as meet people within the industry. It’s a good way to get your name out there and see what level other apprentices and students are working at. It was an overall great experience.”

City College Plymouth Wood lecturer and Nathan’s tutor, John Bolt, said: “We are so proud of Nathan and his success at Skillbuild. The College is a great supporter of skills competitions and encourages students to pit their skills against each other and students from other colleges in both regional and national competitions.Their achievements show the outstanding skills that our students develop whilst they study with us.”

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “I offer my congratulations to Nathan. Our competitions equip apprentices and learners with the lifelong, world-class skills that will drive up training standards to the highest level to help boost UK productivity and competitiveness.”

Those interested in learning a new trade or exploring any of the Apprenticeship opportunities available at City College Plymouth can find out more on the website – – or by calling 01752 305300.


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