An incredible 22 students from Pembrokeshire College have secured places to compete at the WorldSkills UK Finals next week putting the College in the top five colleges from across the UK with the most competitors.
All 22 learners fought off tough competition to secure places in the prestigious national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions and will now join 500 of the UK’s top apprentices and learners competing in the hope of being named the ‘best in the UK’.
On Tuesday 12th November, Stephen Crabb, the Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, visited Pembrokeshire College to meet with the competitors and wish them luck as they get ready to compete against other young trainees from all over the UK.
Taking place from 21–23 November at the NEC, Birmingham, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event and is free to attend. At the heart of the event are the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions, which are run in over 60 different skills across industries including Digital, Technology, Engineering, Construction and Hospitality.
Pembrokeshire College Principal, Dr Barry Walters commented: “To have 22 learners competing in WorldSkills LIVE is a tremendous achievement and as a college we could not be prouder of these young people. We are one of the smaller colleges in the UK so to be putting forward such a large team speaks volumes about the capability and determination of our learners.
“Each year we see more and more curriculum areas putting their learners forward for competitions as they see the many benefits that competing brings – not least the palpable increase in learners’ confidence and self-belief. Seeing our students compete against the best of the best in the UK is a reason for great optimism as we continue to train the UK’s future workforce.”
Designed by industry experts, the WorldSkills UK Competitions equip apprentices and learners with the world-class skills needed to help UK businesses better compete globally.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “I wish all the Pembrokeshire College competitors the best of luck as they compete at WorldSkills UK LIVE.
“At WorldSkills UK we work to accelerate the development of young people’s skills from national to world-class standards. We’re creating a new generation of high flyers that give UK employers a competitive edge.”
If successful in the National Finals, these learners could be invited to join the WorldSkills UK training programme for the international WorldSkills Competition where they could be selected to represent the UK in their chosen skill.