Cabinet maker, James Boyes has been selected as one of three UK competitors in the World Skills selection process, and is edging ever closer to competing at the finals in Russia.
The World Skills Competitions celebrates the vocational skills of young people and adults across the UK. The contests encourage these young people to transform their passion into a profession through recognition of their talent.
In December 2017, James – the youngest ever competitor in the WorldSkills competition, came second in the Skillbuild cabinet making contest held at The Skills Show earlier that year. As part of this competition, participants were tasked with constructing and mounting 3D cabinets at the Birmingham NEC, in the presence of 73,000 visitors who attended the show.
Since then, James gained a place on the cabinet making ‘squad’ – a team of other competitors from the UK also battling for a chance to win the title of Gold Medallist for Cabinet Making at International level. Christian Notley, MBE is on the judging panel for the regional competition, and established the squad – initially of six students with proven talent in this field. Through further assessment which involved the squad working in different venues across the country, three finalists have since been selected to make it to the next stage of the process.
James said: ‘I’m so excited to have made it to this stage of the competition. Bruce and the team at Moulton have been fantastic in helping me on this journey and I’m forever thankful. Whilst I’d love to make it to the finals in Russia, whatever happens I feel so privileged to have had my work recognised, it really means a lot.’
Bruce Marsh, Lecturer in Cabinet Making at Moulton said: ‘We’re all so proud of James. The assessment process has been intense involving various practical tasks. James hasn’t faltered in the level of work he’s produced. We’re all behind him, and wish him well in the next stage of the selection process. We have high hopes he’ll be on that plane to Russia in August!’
The final stage of the competition, which determines competitor placement at the Russian finals, will take place in March.
We’ve all got our fingers crossed for James!
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