Painting a picture of UK success at WorldSkills 2017

After months of working 12-hour days in preparation, one Team UK member talks to Julia Belgutay about his hopes for the biennial ‘Skills Olympics’

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Long-jumper Jordan Charters is no stranger to international competition, having represented Scotland in the Loughborough International Athletics championship earlier this year. Next week, however, he’ll be taking part in his most high-profile competition yet.

The 22-year-old (pictured) will be testing his skills in the painting and decorating category at the biennial WorldSkills competition, dubbed the “Skills Olympics”, which is taking place this year in Abu Dhabi.

Charters is one of 34 young people who next week will be representing Team UK across 30 different disciplines, from joinery and ...

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