Battle world champion’s cabinet displayed at Downing Street

Edward Harringman (right) presents his gold medal winning cabinet to Skills Minister Nick Boles (centre) at 10 Downing Street. They are joined by Christian Notley (left), a lecturer at Chichester College and a WorldSkills UK Expert for Cabinet Making.
Edward Harringman (right) presents his gold medal winning cabinet to Skills Minister Nick Boles (centre) at 10 Downing Street. They are joined by Christian Notley (left), a lecturer at Chichester College and a WorldSkills UK Expert for Cabinet Making.

The ‘best young cabinet maker in the world’ from Battle will have his gold medal-winning creation on display at 10 Downing Street.

Edward Harringman won gold for his cabinet at the 2015 WorldSkills competition in São Paulo which he built in less than 22 hours.

Edward Harringman (left) and Christian Notley (right) arrive at 10 Downing Street

Edward Harringman (left) and Christian Notley (right) arrive at 10 Downing Street

The 22-year-old carpenter presented the cabinet to skills minister Nick Boles to showcase the best of young British talent.

“To have my work displayed at Number 10 is a real honour,” Edward said.

“It took four years of training and a lot of sacrifices to win my gold medal at WorldSkills and I hope by having my work showcased it sends out a message to young people and their parents that technical careers really can deliver great employment opportunities.”

Edward was part of a 40 strong team of young people who represented the UK at the WorldSkills event in August.

He was selected to compete in Team UK after excelling in the WorldSkills UK Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show.

The international WorldSkills competition, which is held every two years, brings the world’s most talented apprentices and learners together as they compete in more than 45 different skills.

Team UK achieved its best ever result at WorldSkills São Paulo, winning three gold, four silver and two bronze medals to place the UK seventh in the overall WorldSkills rankings.

Edward studied at Chichester College and was accompanied to Downing Street by lecturer Christian Notley.

Mr Notley helped train Edward for the competition as he is a WorldSkills UK Expert for Cabinet Making and was proud of his achievement.

“I am extremely proud to see how far Edward has come and it is wonderful to see his cabinet on display in 10 Downing Street,” Mr Notley said.

“His achievements show just what hard work, commitment and dedication can accomplish.”

WorldSkills UK competitions are now open for entry and will close on April 7.

Entrants who excel in these competitions could be selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

For more information, visit www.worldskillsuk.org.

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