Interview with Simon Rehm, World Champion carpenter

European and World Champion—that’s about as good as it gets. 22-year-old Simon Rehm from Weinsfeld (near Hilpoltstein) in Bavaria has achieved what most skilled craftsmen only dream of. At the WorldSkills 2015 World Championship in San Paulo, he was selected world’s best carpenter. In addition, Rehm received the “Best of Nations” award for getting the highest number of points of all German participants. The young man already captured the European Championship title in 2014. That makes him the most successful German carpenter of all time. We spoke with Simon Rehm about his experiences during and after the World Championship.

A role model for all young craftsmen: Simon Rehm in action

World Champion, European Champion, and Best German Participant: Have all the titles and honors changed your life?

My three years on the National Team were the best time of my life so far! I experienced so much, especially how our team really sticks together! I received some really intense support professionally. And thanks to all the public appearances, I also managed to take away a great deal for myself personally. Otherwise nothing has changed. I still love my profession and I enjoy being at construction sites. Given the choice, I’d choose an apprenticeship in carpentry any day.

“There’s no question. I want to be World Champion!”—You made this clear statement when you left for Brazil in the summer of 2015. Where do you get all your self-confidence?

People compete to win! It’s that way in sports, and it’s no different in vocational competitions. I’m ambitious. If I want something, I go for it! But I was also well prepared and got some great support from my family who was there in Sao Paulo and from our team and our circle of fans. It helped a lot!

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