Toby Brook, who completed his apprenticeship in September, won highly commended in the World Skills UK National Finals at the 2015 Skills Show and has been selected for the WorldSkills UK training squad, in preparation for the next international WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

The 19-year-old went head to head with some of the country’s most skilled stonemasons during the three-day competition, held at the Birmingham NEC. Competitors were given a drawing, asked to produce templates, mark up a stone and carve it by hand following industry standards and specifications.

Toby hopes to follow in the footsteps of WCS stonemason Rob Broomsgrove who won Silver at the Intermational Worldskills in 2013.