|UK wins three Worldskills medals|
Young construction workers from the UK have picked up gold and bronze prizes at biennial event in Canada.
The World Skills competition is a biennial event, held over four days. Around 900 young people from 46 nations compete against rigorous international standards to win a gold, silver or bonze medal.
Richard Sagar, 22, from Langholm was awarded a gold medal for electrical installation.
Mark Nevin, 22, from West Lothian, was awarded a gold medal for painting and decorating.
Trevor Woods, 21, from Co. Fermanagh was awarded a bronze medal for his joinery skills.
Medallions for excellence were also awarded to Sam Fairgrieve, 21, from Leicester for bricklaying and Christopher Lonsdale, 22, from Auckand for plumbing and heating. Oliver Clack, 21 from Chichester, was also awarded a medallion for excellence for stonemasonry.
In 2007, the UK ranked 11th in the world, the teams are currently awaiting where they rank this year.
Simon Bartley, chief executive of UK Skills, which manages the UK team said “What the team has achieved is outstanding. They have all worked so hard to get to where they are and that has certainly paid off.”