Bath College apprentice, Ethan Conlon, has been travelling around the world preparing to demonstrate his stonemasonry skills against the world’s best.

Set to compete with finalists from 60 countries at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan in Russia next month, the 18-year-old will participate in the architectural stonemasonry category after triumphing over stonemasons from across the country earlier this year.

Ethan is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford and was selected for the college’s shortlist for WorldSkills in 2018 after impressing lecturers with his natural ability and commitment.

He was invited to compete for a place in Team UK as the only stonemason for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions.

Joe Leber, stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College said, “we are delighted that Ethan is off to compete at WorldSkills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck! He is a fantastic young mason.”

Ahead of the competition, which takes place from 22– 27 August, the teenager has built up his experience by travelling to competitions in Russia and Brazil for final preparation.