Riverpark students take top honours

Cillian John Campbell and Conor Mckevitt, both students of Riverpark Training in Northern Ireland, took gold in the automotive body repair and automotive refinishing categories at WorldSkills UK.

The UK’s most talented young tradeswomen and men and skilled professionals were crowned the nation’s number one at the climax of The Skills Show at the NEC which saw some 80,000 visitors over its three days.

In the Automotive Body Repair competition, Cillian John Campbell of Riverpark Training, Northern Ireland took the top honours with Scott Patterson, also of Riverpark Training, claiming silver whilst Michael Kilner, Chesterfield College securing the bronze.

In the Automotive Refinishing category, gold went to Riverpark Training’s Conor Mckevit, with Callum      Green of Gateshead College in second and Dylan Russell of North West Regional College, Northern Ireland in third spot.

Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK said, ‘This has been a wonderful showcase for UK skills.

‘The competition was fierce and the standards very high – all the finalists have done brilliantly well just to get this far. All their hard work and dedication has been rewarded and we at WorldSkills UK salute you.’

Minister for skills, Anne Milton MP, who attended the event with several other Cabinet colleagues said, ‘WorldSkills UK is without doubt one of the most important organisations within my portfolio. Skills have never been higher on the government agenda.’

Almost 500 young apprentices, exponents of 55 disciplines took part in the National Finals.