A champion CNC milling engineer will be hoping to win gold when he represents the UK in the World Skills Competition.
Philip Jackson, who works at machine tool maker Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester, has won through to the final of the CNC Milling category of the championships which are being held in Shizuoka, Japan.
CNC milling is one of 47 vocational skills that will be tested at the event and, with 850 competitors from 48 countries taking part, the competition will be fierce for the gold, silver and bronze medals.
To reach this stage Philip had to win the UK competition, progressing from the 'knock out' rounds through to the national final.
The full range of his machining skills were closely scrutinised by a panel of expert judges, who were looking for the candidate who could compete with the best in the world.
Philip will be part of a team of 22 representing the UK, in skill areas as diverse as plumbing, hairdressing, cooking and web design, over four days of intense competition. His challenge in Japan will consist of programming and setting, and then cutting a work piece within a four-hour time frame over the first two days.
The last two days will consist of the same but over a six-hour time period on a more complex job.
He said: "I was lucky enough to get through a series of timed machining tests to be the only person picked to represent the UK in CNC milling.
"It has been excellent experience and I have learnt a lot during the last six months of training. I'm particularly looking forward to competing in Japan as I work for a Japanese company.
"The tests will examine not just my technical skills, but also how I perform under pressure, as I will be working to tight time limits during each stage of the final.
"Reaching the world final is a great opportunity for me as it will enable me to compare the skills that I have learned during my training, with the best machinists from across the world."
To complete this once in a lifetime experience the team members will return from Japan via China, visiting one of the world's fastest-developing countries.