A plumbing apprentice who studies in Paisley has been praised after reaching the finals of a prestigious competition.

Paul Marshall, who attends West College Scotland, was one of only eight apprentices to reach the World Skills UK finals.

While he did not place in the medals table, the plumbing apprentice said the experience was very rewarding.

Paul, who works for James Frew Ltd, told The Gazette: "The competition was very challenging and each day had its struggles. 

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"At the end of the competition, I was happy I had completed the installation and managed to successfully pressure test my work with time to spare, although there were a few sections I feel I could've improved on.

"I was still very happy with the work I had produced in such a challenging environment.

"I will look back fondly on the whole experience, I got the chance to meet lots of different people from our industry and got some good prizes from the event sponsors too which was nice!"

Paul's lecturer Brian Thomson said the standard of work produced by all the competitors was exceptional.

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He added: "We are so proud of Paul and what he has achieved throughout the competition process. 

"He has developed his skills to a very high standard and he should be extremely proud of making it to the final eight and competing alongside other top competitors from around Britain.

"I hope Paul will look back on this experience as being one of the highlights of his apprenticeship. It's been a pleasure sharing this journey with him. 

"I would like to wish Paul all the very best for the future. He has a very bright career ahead of him for sure!"