It’s brushes down for former painting and decorating apprentice Jordan Charters as he waits to hear how he has fared in the World Skills 2017 finals in Abu Dhabi.
Twenty-two year-old Jordan, who studied at Edinburgh College and completed his final training for the competition on a specially constructed rig at the college’s Granton Campus, has spent a gruelling four days competing against the world’s top competitors in his field.
As part of the competition Jordan, one of 34 young people representing Team UK at the largest international skills competition in the world, demonstrated his ability in a variety of skills including wallpapering and spray-painting. He was also tasked with painting a scale drawing of the Abu Dhabi skyline and with producing a design of a gold leaf star above a mosque.
Before heading to Abu Dhabi for the competition Jordan said: “I’ve devoted so much time to training over the past two years and I’m not leaving any stone unturned. Once it’s over I’ll take anything I’m given and I’ll do the best I can but my sole purpose is to try and get that gold medal.”
Emotions were high as Jordan completed his work and embraced his father and employer George Charters, and World Skills UK experts Peter Walters and Mark Nevin.
Jordan has been mentored by Edinburgh College graduate Mark Nevin – who won the Painting and Decorating gold medal at WorldSkills 2009 – and WorldSkills Team UK training manager Peter Walters.
After finishing his work Jordan said: “The relief is incomparable, I’m feeling a bit emotional as well which is all good. It’s quite special! I will probably never feel like this again.”
The medallists in each of the 51 skill competitions, which range from architectural stonemasonry and aircraft maintenance to floristry and graphic design technology, will be announced during a closing ceremony on 19 October. Top competitors will also receive Medallions for Excellence and the competitor with the highest overall points will be awarded the Albert Vidal Award.
Good luck Jordan!