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Community News & Views | Cabinet maker represents UK

Talented Felpham cabinet maker Owen Aldous will be representing the UK at an international event this year.


Owen, 20, has been selected for the national team at the Skills Olympics in Kazan in Russia this August.


He was picked as a member of Team UK after he excelled in the WorldSkills UK National Finals.


In the cabinet maker category of the Skills Olympics, the contestants will be given timber and equipment and told what to build just one hour before the start.


They have 22 hours over four days to complete the project.


Owen’s talents have been praised by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb, pictured below.


He said:” It was a privilege to meet Owen, whose commitment and energy to developing and perfecting his expertise in building beautiful cabinets is truly impressive.


“His drive will undoubtedly secure him a rewarding and fulfilling career.


“I am sure we all wish Owen every success at the Skills Olympics in Kazan this summer and hope he returns with a coveted gold medal.”


The Skills Olympics will take place from August 22-27. Teams of young people, from more than 60 countries, including those in the 34 skills in Team UK, will compete for the right to be named the most skilled nation in the world in each of the 50 skills categories.


Owen is a former pupil of Felpham Community College and moved on to Chichester College.


His tutor there was Christian Notley, who has gained a WorldSkills gold medal and received his MBE for services to skills education.


Owen spent three years at the college developing his expertise.He works full-time for Chichester firm Callow & Co, fitting quality kitchens. He fits his hours and hours of training into his evenings and weekends around his employment.

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