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Young hopefuls battle it out to represent the UK at global skills contest (21st February 2013)

A group of young hopefuls will be competing for a place in WorldSkills Team UK, by taking part in a selection competition held at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

Taking place between Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th February 2013, five finalists will be competing in the Aircraft Maintenance category, hoping to secure their spot representing the UK at the international WorldSkills finals being held in Leipzig, Germany.

WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world.  Held every two years in cities around the globe, the competition sees around 1000 young people aged 18 to 23, come together to compete for medals in more than 40 different skills including; Electrical Installation, Welding, Web Design, Cooking, Landscape Gardening and Aircraft Maintenance.

Nearly one hundred of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employees and learners have spent the last nine months training as part of Squad UK.  Now they will battle it out against their peers, over four days of competition, to secure a place in the 40-strong Team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Leipzig, Germany from 2nd to 7th July 2013.  

Once named in Team UK, the competitors will carry on training intensively before heading to WorldSkills in the summer. Team UK will be hoping to build on the success of the last WorldSkills Competition, held in London in 2011, where they won five Gold, two Silver, six Bronze medals and 12 Medallions for Excellence in front of an audience of 200,000 which included Prime Minister David Cameron.

Jaine Bolton, Chief Operating Officer, National Apprentice Service and UK Official Delegate to WorldSkills International said: 
“I wish every Squad UK member the best of luck as they compete to secure a place in Team UK.  By taking part in international competitions, the UK is able to showcase the high levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through high quality further education, skills training and Apprenticeships.  This provides the inspiration for young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.”

Members of the public are invited to come along and watch the finalists as they compete against each other during next week’s UK finals for the Aircraft Maintenance category.  The finals will take place in the Museum’s Hangar 1 surrounded by the aircraft and exhibits on display at the Museum.

Team UK Selection Competitions will take place in venues throughout the UK.  For a full list please visit www.worldskillsuk.org .  Team UK will be announced at the end of March.