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.