Mark Scott, supported by RUBI UK, achieved the world class standard in Wall and Floor and received a Medallion of Excellence.

The tiling young apprentice supported by RUBI UK, Mark Scott, has completed the WorldSkills finals in Kazan, being ranked 7th in the world and achieved the ‘World class standard’ in Wall and Floor Tiling receiving a Medallion of Excellence

This medal can only be awarded to those that reach the skill specific benchmark set by WorldSkills. On this occasion, only 9 reached this benchmark in the Wall and Floor Tiling Competition. 

Mark Scott with his Medallion of Excellence in Wall and Floor Tiling.
Mark Scott with his Medallion of Excellence in Wall and Floor Tiling.

Mark Scott, 22, apprentice tiler from Shotts, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, who trains at City of Glasgow College and works for J McGoldrick and Sons had already finished 7th out of 13 at EuroSkills Budapest 2018, and was ahead of some of the most highly regarded European countries in the Wall and Floor Tiling.

Team UK won a total of 19 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal and 15 medallions of excellence

The 37 women and men, the best in their nations, won a total of 19 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal and 15 medallions of excellence (achieving world class standard) at the ‘Skills Olympics’.

The impressive results represent an amazing success for WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains the team and works to mainstream excellence in education and industry.

They were testament to the remarkable breadth and depth of skills that the UK offers the World.

Mark Scott competing at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Mark Scott competing at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

The event, the 45th WorldSkills Finals, which takes place every two years, is considered to be the ultimate litmus test to compare countries’ readiness to compete economically.

More than a quarter of a million people gathered in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan for the spectacular closing ceremony which was addressed by President Vladimir Putin.

The WorldSkills Opening and Closing Ceremonies were televised in the UK for the very first time.

“This is a fantastic result for the team and the UK as a whole – I couldn’t be prouder.This was the ultimate test and they stepped up to the mark.”

Dr Neil Bentley- Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK

Dr. Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK, argued that “the members of Team UK, all under 25 years, championed the UK focus on skills development in front of a global audience, sending a strong message that the UK is a world-class place to invest, do business and create jobs.”

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE added: “Governments, education and industry need to continue to work with us to help make sure the UK stays at the cutting edge of global best practice in skills development.”

“We are extremly grateful for the support of RUBI Tools, who provided Mark with the tools and equipment needed to train and compete at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.”

Dr Neil Bentley- Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK

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