Shane Trevitt, 22, a plumber from Wirral, has been awarded the gold medal in plumbing and heating at the Worlds largest skills competition; WorldSkills London 2011. Shanes outstanding performance in the plumbing and heating category crowns him the best in the world. Shane was part of Team UK who competed against 1000 competitors from 52 countries/regions, watched by over 200,000 visitors over the four days of tough competition. Training for the UK Plumbing and Heating team was sponsored by APHC.
Shane, employed by NG Bailey said: "It is an amazing feeling to be crowned the best in the world at plumbing and heating. Standing on the podium receiving my medal in front of a packed venue at The 02 Arena is an experience I will never forget. This is what Ive been training for all this time, and I am just so pleased Ive been able to make my family, friends, training manager and all those who have supported me along the way, so proud.
Just as importantly, I hope my success will inspire others to think about their career options and that Ive managed to show everyone that there are options for them. Id definitely say that a career in plumbing is very rewarding!" Skills Minister John Hayes said: "These inspirational results are a tribute to the skill, imagination and purposeful pride of our young people.
Team UK has shown that UK workers and businesses can take on the world and win - but I want many thousands more people in the UK to achieve excellence."The Governments unprecedented commitment to practical learning, with the biggest apprenticeship programme ever, is putting skills back at the centre of national life, helping people build strong and successful careers, firms and communities."
Team UK is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service and was supported in its medal success by Edge, the independent education foundation, the Premier Supporter of Squad and Team UK and Brathay Trust, the Premier Training and Development Partner of Squad and Team UK.