14-09-18 Welsh College Talent Ready to Compete in Europe
Four Welsh Learners head to Budapest
Hoping to return with medals, four young skilled Welsh college learners will represent the UK at Europe’s most important and prestigious skills competition in Budapest later this month. The four elite competitors are skilled in the following disciplines, electrical installation, joinery, restaurant services and welding.
Forming part of the 22 Team UK competitors, Thomas Lewis from Cardiff and Vale college Scott Kerr from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Christopher Caine from Pembrokeshire college and Collette Gorvett from Gower College Swansea have all been through an exhaustive selection process, taking part in Skills Competition Wales and then progressing to the WorldSkills UK National Competitions, and now Euroskills. If successful the competitors will have the chance to progress to other competitions.
Welsh Government recognises the value of skills competitions and wants to support Wales to continue to outdo their partner nations, supporting learners to achieve their potential and compete on a World stage. Committed to helping competitors achieve, Welsh Government funds the Inspiring Skills programme to support learners and apprentices to compete locally preparing them for other competitions further afield.
Colleges and employers in Wales are also dedicating resources and time to support these individuals to compete and win. Wales continues to be the leading home nation in terms of number of medals for the last few years at WorldSkills UK in Birmingham. Taking it to another level, there are presently 22 Welsh members part of the Team UK squad ready to compete in WorldSkills in Kazan in 2019.
Barry Liles, Skills Ambassador Wales said, “As we are preparing to leave the EU we need to be demonstrating to the rest of Europe that we are preparing our youngsters for a competitive future, and that we have the best skills here in the UK.”
“These talented young people will be under intense pressure at Budapest because they are competing against the best of the rest of Europe. Some of them have been training for years alongside their jobs, forsaking holidays, attend WorldSkills UK boot camps to be prepared so that they can compete at their level best. I wish Team UK the best of luck – pob lwc”
Governments and industry will be watching with interest to benchmark how well Team UK performs compared to the country’s main European competitors. At the previous EuroSkills finals, held in 2016 in Gothenburg – Team UK finished seventh.
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About Skills Competition Wales
The Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project delivers and promotes Skills Competitions in Wales on behalf of the Skills Champions Network, a group of training providers from across Wales that are committed to engaging and supporting competitors to achieve and succeed.
There are 57 competitions in total, with three new competitions being included to ensure Wales is internationally aligned with the international offer. The new competitions are Mechatronics, network security and fashion. Closing date for entries is 20 October 2018.
For more information, visit www.skillscompetitionwales.ac.uk
About WorldSkills UK
WorldSkills UK has been at the forefront of international skills development for 65 years through its membership of WorldSkills International, which organises the biannual ‘Skills Olympics’.
Changing the national conversation around the prestige of apprenticeships and vocational skills, we create young medal winning, world-class, confident role models, from all backgrounds, who go on to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
We are an independent organisation that works with a network of experts from education and industry who have joined forces to help the UK go further, faster.
WorldSkills UK LIVE (formerly the Skills Show), which attracts more than 70,000 young people, is the country’s biggest interactive skills event – and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham in November (15-17).
For more information please visit www.worldskillsuk.org