Chapman Taylor’s Isabelle Barron wins a Gold medal at EuroSkills 2023

Team UK made up of nineteen individuals has scooped nine medals at this year’s EuroSkills competition in Gdańsk, Poland, including a gold medal by Chapman Taylor’s Isabelle Barron who won gold for her specialism in digital construction.

EuroSkills sometimes called ‘the skills Olympics’ is an international competition that showcases vocational skills across Europe.

Gold medal winner Isabelle Barron Team UK EuroSkills 2023

“Being recognised as the best in Europe is life-changing,” Isabelle said. “I hope that I can use my experience as part of Team UK, to dispel some of the myths about working in construction and show young people the range of different opportunities that exist.”

Isabelle was also awarded the coveted “best in nation” title for the UK.

The awards were handed out at a closing ceremony at the Polsat Plus Arena in Gdansk on Saturday 9th of September.

Skills minister Robert Halfon said: “Congratulations to the exceptional UK competitors who showcased their skills at EuroSkills in Gdańsk. The EuroSkills competitions provide an unparalleled opportunity for gifted young people to hone their skills and climb the ladder of opportunity towards a better and brighter future.”

Digital construction skills involve creating BIM models to ISO 19650 standards and performing clash detection, among other tasks, using software such as Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, and Autodesk Construction Cloud. Competitors have to complete these tasks within strict time frames as per the BEP (BIM Execution Plan), which includes other project information such as file, level, and workset naming standards.

Isabelle has been giving up most of her spare time in the evenings and weekends to train to give herself the best possible chance of winning a medal.

Chapman Taylor supported Isabelle throughout her #Worldskills journey and we are incredibly proud of her medal achievements.

Isabelle Barron

Architectural technologist

Isabelle has been working for Chapman Taylor for one year after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University on the Architectural Technology course where she achieved the CIAT award for Outstanding Graduating Student.

At Chapman Taylor, she has gained experience across a broad range of sectors including residential, mixed-use and transportation projects.

Isabelle was selected to represent the UK at EuroSkills 2023 in the digital construction category, sometimes called ‘the skills Olympics’, where she won a Gold medal for the UK.

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