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Former student Toby Brook is aiming to represent the UK in stonemasonry at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Toby finished his apprenticeship at Bath College in 2015 and went on to compete as part of a winning UK team at EuroSkills 2016.

Now he’ll be taking part in a four-day selection competition in a bid to win a place in Team UK for the WorldSkills competition.

Toby at EuroSkills 2016

Billed as the toughest skills competition in the world, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will see over 1,000 apprentices and students from 70 countries come together and compete to be the best in the world.

Toby, who works at Wells Cathedral Stonemasons, will compete against other apprentices and students from across the UK from March 29th to April 1st.

He was selected to compete for a place in Team UK after being invited to join the WorldSkills UK International Training and Development Programme, having excelled in the WorldSkills UK competitions.

In 2015, Toby won highly commended in the WorldSkills UK competition.


Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Participation in the international WorldSkills Competition enables the UK to benchmark apprenticeship standards in this country with those around the world. It also provides us with a global platform to promote how skilled we are as a trading nation, helping the UK secure its future global competitiveness

“Representing your country on the world stage is no easy feat. It takes hard work, determination and the highest level of skill. Toby has demonstrated all of these attributes and many more and I wish the competitors the best of luck as they compete for a place in Team UK.

Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on April 21st.

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