The extended British squad for the next WorldSkills competition – the biggest vocational education and skills event in the world – has been unveiled following the Skills Show.
Squad UK includes more than 140 competitors from across 37 disciplines, ranging from electrical installation to cabinet making. Competitors were chosen after their performances at the finals of the WorldSkills UK Skills competition, which attracted more than 75,000 people to the NEC in Birmingham over three days.
City of Glasgow College was the most successful individual institution, with its students picking up eight medals, including four golds.
Members of the squad will now participate in a training and development programme before the final selection is made ahead of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
The WorldSkills competition is held biannually and welcomes 1,000 young people aged between 18 and 25 to compete for medals in more than 40 different categories. The UK currently sits at seventh in the WorldSkills rankings after winning three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at this year’s event in São Paulo, Brazil.
Business secretary Sajid Javid said: “The young people who have earned a place on Squad UK are worthy ambassadors and demonstrate how high-quality apprenticeships and technical training can be a fast-track to a top career. I congratulate each and every member of Squad UK and look forward to hearing about their preparations for 2017’s competition in Abu Dhabi.”
Neil Bentley, chief executive of Find a Future, which manages the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills competition, said: “I offer my huge congratulations to every young person who has secured a place in Squad UK at the Skills Show 2015. By competing in the WorldSkills Competition, the UK is able to share best practice in apprenticeships, further education and skills, with countries around the world, raising standards on a global scale.”
The announcements of the results of three competitions – bricklaying, plastering and roofing (slate and tiling) – have been delayed until Wednesday. In a statement, Find a Future said it “will be necessary to reverify the results of these competitions”.
See here the full list of squad members.