TeamUK finished in seventh place at this year’s WorldSkills competition, held in Brazil.
The team took home three gold medals, three silver, two bronze and 21 medallions for excellence – winning 46 medal points in total.
Beauty therapist Rianne Chester, 21, who runs Beauty By Rianne, was handed the award for best overall WorldSkills competitor at the closing ceremony on August 16.
TeamUK plumbing and heating competitor Gary Doyle, from Northern Ireland’s Southern Regional College and Kieran Trainor Plumbing and Heating were the other gold medal winners.
The Brazilian team came out on top, with 11 golds and 105 points.
The table has only today been released due to technical issues in judgement in finalising the medallions of excellence.
At the last WorldSkills’ competition in 2013, held in Leipzig, the UK came in at 10th place in the medals table.
This year Team UK managed to beat its nearest rivals France, Germany and Austria.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Congratulations to Team UK on its impressive medal tally and achievement at WorldSkills São Paulo.
“Their hard work shows how far apprenticeships and professional and technical training can take young people, and the skills they are learning will help drive them towards an exciting and rewarding career.”