World Skills UK comes to Trafford College

Trafford College students compete for a place in the World's toughest skills competition for apprentices

Trafford College was one of the venues for the recent selection of Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi. The selection took place in colleges and training venues across the North West from 28 to 31 March.

There are nearly 100 young people, aged 18 to 25, on the WorldSkills UK training programme for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, which is billed as the world’s toughest skills competition for apprentices.  The competition takes place from 14 to 19 October in the UAE.

Last week those on the training programme came together at four venues: Trafford College, The Manchester College, Stockport College, and Training 2000 to compete for the once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the UK in their skill at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.  International competitors from countries including Russia, Singapore and India also attended the event as part of their training ahead of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.  

These Floristry apprentices came to Trafford College from as far afield as Kazan in South West Russia

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK which manages the UK’s entry into international skills competitions said: “The WorldSkills Competition is a microcosm of how the UK is doing against economies across the world. By taking part we can showcase the skills of our apprentices, showing that the UK is open for business.

“Those competing in the selection for Team UK are inspirational role models.  By hosting the event as part of the skills celebration in the North West and working with the host colleges and training venues, we can show young people just how far an apprenticeship can take them.”

Lesley Davies, Principal and CEO at Trafford College said: “As the new AoC WorldSkills UK Lead for the North West, I am delighted that Greater Manchester is hosting this prestigious event.  It is a real privilege for Trafford College to be involved and further reinforces our commitment to providing every young person with the opportunities to unleash their full potential by developing their specialist skills, and improving wider employability skills.

 “Competitions raise aspirations as well as standards and this is a tremendous opportunity for the young people of Greater Manchester to see these inspirational competitors perform at the very highest level, demonstrating the skills they have achieved through their studies.”

Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on 21 April. 

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