EEF’s Severn Trent apprentices competing in WorldSkills

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A highly anticipated WorldSkills Competition is taking place on Thursday, 27 July in Northampton, and one of the team’s is made up of four Severn Trent Water apprentices who train at the EEF Technology Hub. 

The competition presents a series of tests, designed by industry experts, which focus on the highest UK and international standards. Apprentices from across the country register with WorldSkills UK Competitions to compete against other like-minded individuals in a skill of their choosing. Like the Olympics, competition activity begins at grass roots level and competitors are able to progress to competing on the international stage in front of over 200,000 people. 

The four EEF apprentices showing off their engineering skills in the Industrial Control category are:

Millie Cartwright – 1st year apprentice

Daniel Robinson – 1st year apprentice

Michael Badley – 2nd year apprentice

William Heath – 2nd year apprentice










Left: The apprentices have been practicing their control systems skills on this equipment. 


Their test has been designed to reflect the role of a Control Systems Engineer and the standards that are expected within the Control Systems Indus­try, also covered are elements of electrical and automation installation. The skills that are tested in the practical competition include:

  • installing and wiring equipment onto the control station
  • configuration of equipment.
  • show control of a drive unit using TIA Portal software
  • debugging and downloading an existing program
  • show control of the system completing set tasks
  • adding new functionality and operations to a given application

The team has spent weeks training and preparing for the event. We wish them the best of luck as they represent UK manufacturing! We will keep you updated on their progress.



The team competed in the competition on 28 July. They did very well and will find out shortly if they made it through to the UK WorldSkills finals in November.


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