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A former Pembrokeshire College Apprentice, now employed by Keating Joinery in Narberth, joined over 100 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners last month to battle it out in three days of competitions with the aim of securing a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015.
Dominic Hicks (aged 20 from Carew) was invited to compete for a place in Squad UK after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which took place at The Skills Show in Birmingham.
His natural craftsmanship and eye for detail mean that Dominic is now one of just two UK joiners who will be competing for a place in Squad UK. Dominic’s achievements to date already recognise him as one of the best trainee joiners in the UK and see him follow in the footsteps of College lecturer Gareth Evans and former lecturer Rhydian Williams who also made it through to Squad UK selection stages in recent years.
If Dominic is successful in his bid to make Squad UK he will be competing in WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015 which takes place from 11-16 August 2015 and is the world’s largest international skills competition. Held every two years in cities around the globe, the WorldSkills Competition sees around 1,000 young people come together to compete for medals in more than 40 skills ranging from Bricklaying to Beauty Therapy and Aircraft Maintenance.
Dominic was thrilled to be selected and commented: “If I am able to get through to WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 it would be the trip of a lifetime for me, especially as I will be representing Wales.
“I have a long standing interest in working with wood so when the time came I decided to pursue a career in joinery. I have certainly enjoyed all the WorldSkills competitions up to now and the additional training that I have received so far has made a massive difference to my joinery work.”
Pembrokeshire College principal, Sharron Lusher, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled that Dominic has made it through to Squad UK selection. To reach this stage demonstrates not only Dominic’s talent for joinery but also his professionalism, ability to work under pressure and determination to succeed.
“Dominic’s achievement to date not only highlights the quality of the teaching within the College but also the value that the College places on building close relationships with employers – without the full support of Dominic’s employer it would not have been possible for Dominic to progress to this stage in the competition.”
For those who are successful in securing a place in Squad UK, they will undergo an intense training programme supported by a dedicated Training Manager and Performance Coaches. In May next year, they will come together to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015.
Keith Smith, Official Delegate, WorldSkills UK said: “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.
“I offer my congratulations to everyone who has been selected to compete in the Squad UK Selection for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015 and I wish them the best of luck in their preparations for the competitions.”
Participating in WorldSkills enables countries to share best practice in Apprenticeships and vocational teaching, raising standards on a global scale. The competitions showcase the high levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through quality training, inspiring young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.
Squad and Team UK for WorldSkills is managed by Find a Future.