Following on from the success of the London 2012 Olympics, a group of skilled young people are vying to secure a place in the team that will represent the UK at a very different international competition – WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.
Each year, exceptional competitors from WorldSkills UK regional and national competitiors are invited to compete for a place in Squad UK and then the Team that goes on to represent the UK at the bi-ennial International WorldSkills Competition. The next international competition will be held in Leipzig, Germany between 2-7 July.
Those in the running have been training since 2012 as part of Squad UK. In March 100 of the UK’s most talented young people, aged 18 – 25, will battle it out for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Leipzig July 2013.
Mini Sports own Apprentice CNC Turning operator Ben Anderson is competing in and has got through to the finals in Germany, representing the UK as part of Team UK. To get this far in the competition and through to the finals, Ben has had compete against his peers in the UK, coming out top to represent his country. Ben is clearly the finest CNC Turning 18-25 year old Apprentice in the UK and we are very proud to see him representing the UK at such a high level.
World Skills Team UK Honoured at 10 Downing Street Reception
Deputy Prime Minister sends his best wishes to UK skills stars
The members of Team UK were invited to an exclusive reception held at N10 Downing Street on Friday 28 July to wish them luck ahead of competing at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.
Similar to the Olympics, WorldSkills sees the most talented young people from all over the world compete to win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. However at the WorldSkills Competition, which this year takes place in Leipzig, Germany from 2 – 7 July, Team UK will be competing against apprentices with the aim of being named the ‘Best in the World’ in their chosen skill.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Every member of Team UK is a role model for vocational skills. Team UK’s success is proof of how high quality Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications can lead to rewarding and successful careers. WorldSkills is a fantastic competition that sends a strong message to young people across the globe that vocational skills and vocational qualifications should be supported, cherished and celebrated.”
Team UK, who are all aged between 18 – 25, will compete in 30 skills ranging from Electrical Installation, Welding, Autobody Repair to Cooking, Landscape Gardening and Bricklaying.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “When it comes to skills, Britain has world class talent. Team UK are a good example of what our workforce can offer business and how practical learning can transform the lives of young people.
“I wish them every success in their events in Leipzig next week while they compete against more than a thousand contestants from all over the world.”
To prepare for the WorldSkills Competition, each member of Team UK has undertaken an intense training programme, over the last 18 months, to ensure they can perform at the world class standard in their skill over four days of tough competition.
Andrew Jones, MP, who hosted the reception at 10 Downing Street said: “These young people are not just ambassadors for skills and Apprenticeships they are ambassadors for our country. They demonstrate the talent and application of UK apprentices and show that Apprenticeships are leading the way in ensuring we have the skills and abilities needed in our job market. I know Team UK will perform to the best of their abilities and repeat or better the success they had at the WorldSkills Competition in 2011 where they powered ahead of countries like China and Germany. I wish them every success in the competition.”
Following the event at Downing Street, all members of Team UK met with Team GB High Jumper Robbie Grabarz, who presented them with a Team UK Enamel. Robbie, who won Bronze at the London 2012 Olympics shared his tips for competing on the world stage. The members of Team UK were also presented with a letter wishing the best of luck for WorldSkills from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Robbie Grabarz, Olympic High Jumper said: “I want to wish Team UK the best of luck for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. I know personally how much training and effort is needed to be the best of the best and I know how hard the members of Team UK have been preparing. There are lots of similarities between training for a sport and training for WorldSkills and I hope that their achievements will help show the country just how talented these young men and women are and encourage other young people to get involved. I wish them every success in the future.”
Team UK will be looking to build on the success of the last WorldSkills Competition, held in London in 2011. At this event, the UK won five Gold, two Silver, six Bronze and twelve Medallions of Excellence. This result placed the UK ahead of France, Germany and China.
Ben Shaw, 20, Team UK Member in CNC Milling said: “Our visit to Downing Street was an unforgettable experience. After we walked through the famous black door it really did hit me that I am representing the UK on the world stage! The last few months have been tough but I am pleased with the training I have put in and I am ready to do the UK proud and showcase how talented the young people in this country are.”
Many of the Team UK members were invited to compete in the selection process for the team after excelling at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show in November each year.
Follow Team UK at Leipzig, Germany on the World Skills UK website here
and the World Skills website here http://www.worldskills.org
The finals run from 2-7th July 2013 where the winners will be announced at the end of the week.