A St Helens College tiling student struck silver in the final of a national competition.
Malcolm Worley won the regional heat of the Skillbuild Tiling Competition before going on to take second place in the national final at Birmingham’s NEC.
The 19-year-old ex-Sutton Academy pupil, of Sutton Leach, said: “It was an incredible experience to participate in such a prestigious industry competition. The standard of the other contestants was very high and it was an honour to compete against other talented tilers.
“I appreciate all the time my tutors Barry and Liam have dedicated to help me advance in the trade. My family have also been extremely supportive and proud of my achievement. It was a privilege to be awarded second place.
“I prepared with the help of my tutors, practicing with all the possible tools the competition may incorporate. Thanks to this competition I could be included in the WorldSkills National Team who are set to head to Brazil in 2016.”
The three-day event was held in front of an audience of around 200,000 people as gifted tilers from around the country displayed their talents under the watchful eye of competition judges.
The competition was held in conjunction with the nation’s largest skills and careers event, The Skills Show 2014.
Finalists were judged on their tiling techniques and ability and were set tiling challenges including a complex design incorporating the Brazilian flag and a visual depiction of the famous Rio De Janeiro statue, Christ the Redeemer.
Local adult student Ray Wildman, 51, also participated in the competition after scooping third prize in the regional heats at Burnley College.
St Helens College tiling tutor Barry McDermott said: “I am incredibly proud of my students, there were a lot of talented competitors performing under tense conditions and St Helens College shined under the spotlight.
“This was a fantastic platform for the students.”