Bishop Burton College: Ewan Sewell puts Yorkshire on the World Skills map

ewan sewell
ewan sewell

Former Bishop Burton College student Ewan Sewell, 21 from Fangfoss near York has recently returned from World Skills 2013, the international skills competition held in Leipzig, Germany.

The contest, formerly known as the Skill Olympics, pits young people from around the world against each other in skills challenges that cover a range of areas – from Welding to Hairdressing.

Ewan was put forward for the UK Skills competition for Landscape Gardening and qualified for the UK team whilst a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture student at Bishop Burton College.

Ewan, who now works for Country Gardens in York said the competition was tough

“Everyone builds the same garden over 4 days, to plans issued by the organisers and the judging is strict, with a 2mm tolerance to some aspects of the design. I’m proud of what we achieved and it was good experience to produce something under pressure. I liked the competition atmosphere and it’s given me a taste for show gardens, I’d like to do more in future. The whole experience has improved me as a person –training for the competition has improved my skills and it was a great opportunity.

I did Horticulture at Bishop Burton because I like the outdoors and had worked labouring on sites with my dad. Beyond the qualification, attending the College gave me the chance to meet employers and gave me opportunities I may never have gotten otherwise – like entering the UK Skills competition where I met my current employer, as well as qualifying for the UK team.”

Charlie Maclauchlan, proprietor of Country Gardens and Ewan’s boss was a judge at the UK Skills competition and spotted Ewan’s talent, enthusiasm and work ethic, and offered him a full time job when he completed his college course. The pair hope to do more show gardens together in future.

Jeanette Dawson, OBE Principal and Chief Executive of Bishop Burton College received a letter of congratulation from the Skills Funding Agency extending thanks to College staff and Ewan’s employer Country Gardens for supporting his training for the Skills events, and commending Ewan on his achievement. Mrs Dawson said

“Congratulations to Ewan on his achievements and for grasping the opportunities that have presented themselves. Competing at such a high level and representing the UK on the world stage has taken dedication and commitment, whilst balancing study and work.”