Mark Scott, supported by RUBI UK, on plane to Russia

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The young skilled apprentice, Mark Scott, has been selected to represent the UK in Wall and Floor Tiling at WorldSkills Kazan 2019

RUBI UK and Ireland is proud to announce that Mark Scott, apprentice tiler from Shotts, North Lanarkshire, Scotland and supported by RUBI, has been selected to represent the UK in Wall and Floor Tiling at WorlddSkills Kazan 2019 in Russia, from 22nd to 27th August.

In this sense, the UK’s best and brightest young skilled, apprentices and students have been selected to represent all four nations in Team UK at the ‘Skills Olympics’ in Russia.

More than 30 young professionals from engineering, hospitality and professional services, construction and digital and IT - have cleared the highest hurdle in a two-year challenge to be the best in the World.

These skilled young people have already triumphed in regional and national competitions and had one more momentous obstacle to overcome at Team Selection events the length and breadth of the UK.

 The results were revealed at Loughborough University which has a strong association with training Team GB for the Olympics. 

The UK WorldSkills trainer for Wall and Floor Tiling section, Paul Doran, next to Mark Scott and the Sales Rep for RUBI Ireland, Richard Morton.The UK WorldSkills trainer for Wall and Floor Tiling section, Paul Doran, next to Mark Scott and the Sales Rep for RUBI Ireland, Richard Morton.


Mark Scott finished 7th out of 13 at EuroSkills Budapest 2018

Mark Scott, 21, is an apprentice tiler from Shotts, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, who trains at City of Glasgow College and works for McGoldrick & Sons. Mark was selected to train as part of Squad UK, after excelling in the National Finals of the Wall and Floor Tiling Competition at WorldSkills UK LIVE, run in partnership by WorldSkills UK and CITB.

Mark represented the UK in Wall and Floor Tiling at EuroSkills Budapest 2018 last September, finishing 7th out of 13 and was ahead of some of the most highly regarded European countries in Wall and Floor Tiling. Mark achieved one of the best marks the UK has ever achieved in Wall and Floor Tiling in past competitions. This stands the UK in a good position for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

The support from RUBI UK and Ireland will provide vital support for competitors to showcase their abilities.

Mr Vladimir Hoyos, Managing Director of RUBI UK LTD said:

“Sponsoring WorldSkills UK has been most rewarding for RUBI UK, it has giving us a broader perspective of the work involved in training to high standards future professional Tile Fixers.
One of our company’s main goals is to make a positive impact in the daily work that professionals undertake when using our tools, we are confident that we have achieved the same with the two UK finalists.

All competitors have shown natural skills and high levels of commitment and dedication, we wish you the best in Kazan 2019”.

Mark Scott using a RUBI Manual Cutter during the team selection to represent UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Mark Scott using a RUBI Manual Cutter during the team selection to represent UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.


Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains the team and uses their successes to promote skills across the country, said:

“Think Olympic Games – but much more important to the economic future of the United Kingdom.

 This is a life-changing opportunity for all those involved.

 I couldn’t be more proud of these extraordinary young people who will be on the plane to Russia.  They have worked tirelessly for weeks, months and years to be the best – they are a shining example to the next generation – let’s celebrate their spirit, commitment, and success.

We are not only giving young people the opportunity to reach their full potential but we also believe that, working with them, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider UK economy, driving up training standards for young people to world-class levels, giving a much-needed boost to productivity.”

Mark Scott being judged for the UK team selection to participate at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Mark Scott being judged for the UK team selection to participate at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

More than 60 countries are sending elite teams to the Tatarstan Capital 800 km east of Moscow - to do battle and go for bronze, silver and gold in 56 different skills disciplines.

The event, dubbed the ‘Skills Olympics’, which takes place every two years, will be shown live on TV and streamed around the World (including the UK) – and change the lives and careers of those that compete.

At the last WorldSkills finals (2017) in Abu Dhabi, Team UK finished in 10th position and is hoping to replicate or better the result.