Festo apprentices excel at UK Skills competition

Festo apprentices excel at UK Skills competition


Congratulations to John Hedges & Connor Bing for representing Festo at the recent UK Skills competition and bringing back their silver medals for the second year running. Festo’s newest apprentices, Ben Nolan and Joshan Tailor, also made an impressive effort in their first competition.


They all took part in the Mechatronics competition where they were set a range of purely pneumatic, electro-pneumatic and PLC programming tasks, all with time constraints and set criteria in order to gain maximum points.

This year’s competition skill level was higher than ever before especially with the likes of Middlesex University, Northern Ireland Regional College, Toyota and Cadburys competing. “The competition was impressive and the competitors were well prepared with some having started their training programmes at the beginning of 2014! With all this is in mind, the Festo team of apprentices were all extremely happy with the outcome of this year’s competition” says John Hedges.

The Mechatronics competition took place at The Skills Show from 13-15 November at the NEC, Birmingham. The Skills Show is a showcase for many different skills and trades and provides the opportunity to bring young people and industry together.

WorldSkills UK champions and drives excellence in workplace skills through competition. They encourage local competitions, support regional competitions, host the flagship national competition ‘The Skills Show’ and prepare outstanding competitors for global competition. The organisation aims to stimulate ambition and aspiration in young people, prove how expert skills generate a more productive workforce and demonstrate our nation’s exceptional talent on the global stage.


Outstanding competitors, aged 18 – 25, who excel in WorldSkills UK Competitions will be invited to compete for a place in the team that represents the UK at WorldSkills, the biennial international skills competition. The next international WorldSkills Competition will be held in Brazil in 2015.

See http://www.theskillsshow.com/ and https://www.worldskills.org/ for more information.