Alexander Wood of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme received a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the international standard in the jewellery skills category at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi.

Wood was chosen to represent the UK and came 7th in the world out of 17 competitors. The event, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (October 15-18), is the world’s leading vocational education and skills excellence competition. It is also an opportunity for international companies, industries and trades to meet and recruit talented young people.

“It’s amazing to have been selected to represent the UK at World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017,” shares Alexander Wood, addong: “The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme has given me the opportunity to continue expanding my skills both as apprentice at Ian Read and through my training with Steve Jinks at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. I strongly recommend apprenticeships as they equip young people with sought-after skills and boost career opportunities.”


Simon Bartley, president of WorldSkills, said at the WorldSkills closing ceremony: “You came here as the best in the skills that you have made your own in your Countries. Whether you are leaving here with a medal or not you all leave here as Champions; individuals who have reached higher than you could ever have imagined when you started your journey three years ago. I salute you, everybody in this arena salutes you, the World salutes you.”