CMB Apprentices gear up for Worldskills 2017

The Team Result

This year’s WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, saw three of CMB’s apprentices, Jake Green, Alex McClusky and Jacob Parker, representing TeamUK in the contest, which involved 59 countries competing for medals in a wide range of vocational skills, in an Olympics style format. The UK team itself consisted of 34 young apprentices and students who were selected by WorldSkills UK to take on the rest of the world, which proved to be a litmus test for the future of the UK’s economy post-Brexit.

The team at CMB were selected after excelling at the UK Skills Show back in 2016, where they received a silver medal. The WorldSkills experience was a thorough examination of the team’s engineering credentials. They designed and built a recovery unit, which mirrors a bomb disposal unit. Jake was responsible for the electronics, Alex the machinist and Jacob was chiefly in charge of putting the robot together. Although the team didn’t gain medals in the final competition they finished eighth in the world out of 59 countries, a great achievement we would all agree. Getting to the finals in The Worldskills competition is an achievement in itself, it takes dedication, drive, passion and a lot of skill to be able to compete against the very best in the world. The UK Team as a whole took home 13 medallions of excellence and was placed tenth in the world. More importantly for the boys, the skills they have learnt along the way will be hugely beneficial to their future careers within the industry.

Congratulations on Alexander’s, Jacob’s and Jake’s success at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. It is a great achievement of which you and your organisation can be very proud. Following Team UK’s success, the UK has retained its top ten place in the world rankings.

I recognise the commitment that Alexander, Jacob and Jake have shown in preparing for the competition, and that this has been fitted around their employment and training commitments. I am also aware that without CMB’s continued support of Alexander, Jacob and Jake would not have been able to enter the WorldSkills competition, so thank you for your commitment.

Dr Neil Bentley – Chief Executive World Skills UK

The final standings in the Manufacturing Challenge were as follows:

Gold: Japan/Brazil
Bronze: China/Korea

No silver was awarded due to the joint results.

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All the team at CMB Engineering are very proud of Jake, Alex and Jacob for what they have achieved.


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.

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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.

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