Cabinet maker from Chichester comes out on top at WorldSkills

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A former Chichester College student walked away with the top prize from this year’s WorldSkills competition.

Cabinet maker Edward Harringman fought off strong competition at the event held in Sao Paulo, Brazil to secure his position at the top, despite using unfamiliar local timber to build the required side table with drawer and two doors.

Edward becomes the fifth student to represent the college at the tournament, and the fourth in the cabinet-making category.

He said: ‘It’s been a long road, taking four years and a lot of sacrifices.

‘To end it on a high note makes it all worth it.

‘I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for the college and I would encourage current students to get involved in the competition themselves.’

Edward was one of three gold medal winners for the UK team.

He was joined by Gary Doyle, from Northern Ireland and Rianne Chester, from Warrington Collegiate.

For more on the competition visit worldskills.org.