CMB Apprentices gear up for Worldskills 2017

2017 Abu Dhabi marks the next stage of competition for our young apprentices Jake Green, Alexander McClusky & Jacob Parker. They are currently preparing to take on the World in the Manufacturing Team Challenge – having been selected to represent Team UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi. Jake, Alex  and Jacob have been training round the clock since being selected.  The team from CMB Engineering will join the nation’s elite young skilled women and men who have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy. Successful Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi this October (14 – 19).

32 talented skilled professionals will continue to undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic style training in preparation for the most intense week of competition imaginable. Skills represented, range from Aircraft Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering through to Restaurant Service and Cyber Security. WorldSkills Finals are held every two years when over a thousand competitors from more than seventy countries gather for four days of competition. This year’s final is seen as an important litmus test as to how well the UK will fare post Brexit with the rest of the World. Homegrown skills will become ever more important as industry seeks to reduce reliance on workers from the EU.

Follow our team:

Twitter: #CarnaudMetalbox
Linkedin: CarnaudMetalbox Engineering

TeamUk Updates: #TeamUK

The team were interviewed today by BBC Breakfasts Steph McGovern who supports The World Skills.

IMG_0368 IMG_0369 IMG_0370

Team Profiles



Team UK Send Off, Houses of Parliament, 10 October

Each member of Team UK will be presented with a WorldSkills UK Enamel.

Team UK, One School, One Country

On Thursday 12 October, Team UK will take part in a cultural exchange programme with the Al Ezzah School in Abu Dhabi.  The team will teach the students (primary age) about the UK and they will learn about Abu Dhabi.

Opening Ceremony, Saturday 14 October, 4:30pm (UK time)

Think Olympics Opening Ceremony! Team UK will parade in the ceremony and you can all watch live at from 4:30pm

Competition Days, 15 – 18 October

Results Ceremony, Thursday 19 October, 4:30pm (UK Time)

The results will be announced during this ceremony and you can watch live at

Following this, the UK will host the Medallions of Excellence Ceremony, where we will award medallions to those who reach the world class standard in their skill, but aren’t awarded a medallion. This will not be broadcast live but you can follow on @worldskillsuk

Tues 17/10/17

Today the team have been working hard on their project, As some of the competitors in other areas competition comes to end Jake, Alex and Jacob are pushing on to complete theirs. Trying to keep your composure whilst working under extreme pressure must be difficult for the guys but they are forging on regardless. The work area has received a lot of visitors all keen to see what the team are working on, competition is tough and as the day progresses the team are working hard to make sure they hit their deadline. Weds marks the final day of competition in Abu Dhabi so we are keeping our fingers crossed for the boys.


Weds 18th /10/2017

That’s it! it’s all over all the hardwork all the stress, the pressure and sleepless nights have come to an end at the World Skills in Abu Dhabi. We won’t know the result until tomorrow evening so we wait nervously for the results. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for our boys in the hope they can medal. Whatever happens they can be proud of their achievements in this high profile competition.

Capture1 Capture2