Ben Murphy Cooking gold medalist on podium 4 (Small) (2).JPGCraft Guild member Ben Murphy helped Team UK scoop an outstanding haul of five gold, two silver and six bronze medals at WorldSkills London 2011, which took place at ExCeL London.

The medals were gained by the team in skills ranging from cooking, bricklaying and plumbing and visual merchandising, welding and car painting. 

Ben, 20, who now works at Koffmann’s after gaining his Professional Chef Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College, put in a fantastic performance and earned the team a gold medal.

Team UK competed against over 1000 competitors from 52 countries/regions and were watched by over 200,000 visitors over the four days of tough competition they had to complete. The results, which are the highest ever achieved by the UK, were announced during an emotional closing ceremony at The O2 Arena last night, where, just like the Olympics, gold, silver and bronze medal winners of each skill mounted a podium to receive their medal accompanied by thunderous cheers and applause from the audience.

In addition to the thirteen medals, Team UK was also awarded twelve Medallions for Excellence in skills ranging from web design to restaurant service and confectionery.  This honour is awarded to those competitors who reach the world class level in their skill discipline.

Skills Minister John Hayes said: “These inspirational results are a tribute to the skill, imagination and purposeful pride of our young people.  Team UK has shown that UK workers and businesses can take on the world and win – but I want many thousands more people in the UK to achieve excellence.

“The Government’s unprecedented commitment to practical learning, with the biggest apprenticeship programme ever, is putting skills back at the centre of national life, helping people build strong and successful careers, firms and communities.”

Gold medals were awarded to:

For Cooking: Ben Murphy, 20, from London, who works at Koffmann’s
For Stonemasonry: Chris Berridge, 22, from Crewkerne, who works for Harveystone and is a former apprentice
For Visual Merchandising: Kirsty Hoadley, 20, from Slough, who is a student at East Berkshire College
For Bricklaying: Philip Green, 22, from Liburn, NI, who works for D G Green & Sons and is a former apprentice
For Plumbing & Heating: Shane Trevitt, 22, from Wirral, who works for NG Bailey and is a former apprentice
Silver Medals were awarded to: 

For Autobody Repair: Ross Varnam, 21, from Leicester, who works for Parker Motor Services and is a former apprentice
For Landscape Gardening: James Cuffey, 21, from Downpatrick, NI, who works for S.M. Cuffey Landscapes and Simon Abbott, 22, from Doncaster, who is self-employed 
Bronze Medals were awarded to:

For Automobile Technology: John Couldridge, 22, from Southend-on-Sea, who works for Glyn Hopkin Honda and is a former apprentice
For Car Painting: Ben Eaton, 22, from Sheffield, who works for Sytner BMW Sheffield and is a former apprentice
For Joinery: Adam Bushnell, 21, from Oxford, who is self-employed and is a former apprentice
For Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD: Ryan Sheridan, 20, from East Kilbride, who works for Motherwell College
For Refrigeration & Air Conditioning: Stuart Millar, 20, from Loughgall, NI, who works for A&N Shilliday & Co Ltd and is a former apprentice
For Welding: Jake Rambaldini, 21, from Daventry, who works for Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd and is a former apprentice

Team UK is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service and was supported in its medal success by Edge, the independent education foundation, the Premier Supporter of Squad and Team UK and Brathay Trust, the Premier Training and Development Partner of Squad and Team UK.