Nottinghamshire Freemason Haydn Jakes has been awarded the Gold medal in his category Aircraft Maintenance at the WorldSkills competition

WorldSkills, which was held in the last week of August, featured over 1,300 competitors from 63 countries, and was the largest international event held in Russia in 2019. The welcoming address was given by Vladimir Putin and the closing address by Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, which will host the next competition in 2021.

Haydn, 22, is a Master Mason and subscribing member of Daybrook Lodge No. 5522 in the Province of Nottinghamshire. Daybrook has been a Universities Scheme Lodge since January 2008 and serves both Universities in Nottingham, and counts the Grand Secretary as one of its subscribing members.

Haydn is currently reading for a MEng (Hons) Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Foundation Year at the University of Nottingham, which he began in September 2017. Prior to this, he completed an Advanced Apprenticeship with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge. During his apprenticeship, Haydn was entered into the WorldSkills UK national heats in the Aircraft Maintenance category, along with 15 other competitors from other apprenticeship providers, including the Royal Navy and Airbus. As one of the top 8 in the heats, he then took part in the WorldSkills UK National Finals held at the NEC in Birmingham, where he secured a Silver medal.

It was in March 2019 when Haydn was again selected as the Team UK representative in the Aircraft Maintenance Skill category at the world final event to represent the UK.

Given the training, assessment and competition requirements of participating in this event and its prestige, Haydn gained agreement from his university to take a Voluntary Interruption of Studies from the April to September 2019.

As a result, he will be repeating the first year of his degree, starting in September. In addition, although Haydn would ordinarily work over the summer months to support himself at university, due to the sporadic nature and duration of training events this year, he has been unable to find employment and has had no income. Realising the issues this presented for Haydn, his Lodge Secretary Ian Gascoigne approached Association of Medical, University & Legal Lodges (AMULL) of which Daybrook is also a member. The AMULL Committee was so impressed by Haydn’s commitment and promise that they have awarded him a £1,500 grant to support his return to studies.

The award will be presented by AMULL’s President David Williamson, former the President of the Universities Scheme, at the AMULL Festival, which will be held in London on Saturday, 12th October 2019.

Haydn Jakes, a member of Daybrook Lodge No. 5522 in Nottinghamshire, is aiming for gold in the global WorldSkills Competitions and has already shown his mettle by recently winning silver in a warm-up heat in Russia

Haydn, 22, who trained with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group as an apprentice between 2013 and 2017, beat dozens of hopefuls in regional and national skills competitions to win a coveted place in the WorldSkills TeamUK, as the only UK representative in the Aircraft Maintenance category. Haydn now faces 18 of the world’s top young aircraft engineering hopefuls from around the world in the international finals in Kazan, Russia in August.

Haydn said: ‘I want to thank Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group for their continued support and allowing me to use their training workshop, their technical instructors are second to none and have been extremely helpful.’

Haydn is one of 1,600 competitors from more than 60 countries competing in 56 skills at the final. Part of his training for the international competition is working on his concentration and mindset with Team GB’s Olympic sports coaches, to ensure he’s head is really in the game.

WorldSkills UK is a partnership between businesses, education and governments that accelerates young people’s careers and aims to give them the best start in work and life. TeamUK believes that the International Finals will boost the UK economy, drive up training standards and increase productivity.

He will head to the Houses of Parliament next month to meet with the Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Anne Milton, who will present him with a commemorative enamel plaque.

Haydn’s apprenticeship has led him to study for a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Nottingham, after which he plans to come back to Marshall to work as an aircraft engineer.

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