Posted on 23 October 2017
Former Merrist Wood College Horticulture (Landscaping) Apprentice, Will Burberry, has won a Medallion of Excellence at the WorldSkills finals in Abu Dhabi.
The competition is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world and showcases the talents of young people from across the globe. The demanding four day event, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), welcomed students from 77 countries and regions from around the world to compete in their own vocational specialisms. Top prizes include Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, plus the Medallion of Excellence which is awarded to a select group of competitors who just miss out on medals, but still achieved scores that meet the highest international standards.
Twenty-one year-old Will was one of 34 young people to represent Team UK at the largest international skills competition in the world, demonstrating his ability in Landscape Gardening. Under timed conditions, Will and his teammate he had to mark out and level their garden site, build various stone and wood structures such as walls and paths, include plant, irrigation and water features, and ensure their garden was clean and tidy in time for judges’ inspection.
Overall, the competition was a success for Team UK as they picked up 20 medals including one gold, three silver, three bronze and 13 Medallions of Excellence, resulting in a 10th-place finish in the final medal table.
Associate Principal of Merrist Wood College, Richard Dewing said: “We are all extremely proud of Will and he should feel very proud of this fantastic achievement.”