Apprentice jeweller to represent UK at ‘Olympics of skills’

Goldsmiths’ Company apprentice Sam McMahon employed at Mappin and Webb, has been selected to represent the UK at The WorldSkills Finals in, Kazan, Russia.

Winning a spot in fine jewellery making, McMahon joins more than 30 young professionals from engineering, hospitality, professional services, construction and digital and IT to form the UK team at the upcoming ‘Olympics of Skills’.  

To win the spot on the UK team he competed against George Schembri from B&M Bijoux and Robert Dean from The House of Garrard. The three Goldsmiths’ Company apprentices spent three days in Nottingham demonstrating technical skills in jewellery making.

Within a temporary workshop digital and creative zone, the apprentices were set the task to create an Aston Martin badge to a specific design, testing their accuracy, time management and problem-solving skills.

McMahon said: “I am so proud to have made the UK team. It has been a long journey of hard work and commitment – from my time on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation Programme to becoming a Goldsmiths’ Company Apprentice at Mappin and Webb – and I would like to thank everyone that has supported me through the last year and a half; my master, workmates, company, friends and of course the skills training team to get me to the WorldSkills final!I look forward to the challenge ahead.”

Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, added: “Congratulations to Sam McMahon for his incredible performance at WorldSkills and the best of luck to him in Kazan.

“He has proven that talent, maturity and preparation are absolutely key to success and we would like to express our thanks to the Goldsmiths’ Company, a long-standing competition organising partner of WorldSkills, his Master at Mappin and Webb and our skills training team at the Goldsmiths’ Centre for their time helping him to prepare for this tough competition.”

The event, which which is held across the 22-27 August and takes place every two years, will be shown live on TV and streamed around the world.

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