Celebrating the UK's most talented
UK's most talented apprentices, employees and learners recognised at Skills Show awards ceremony
18 November 2013
The UK’s most talented apprentices, employees and learners have been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony at The Skills Show, which took place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC Birmingham.
WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level and are the highlight of The Skills Show. During The Skills Show, over 700 of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employees and learners battled it out in 70 competitions ranging from Forensic Science to Floristry to be named the ‘best in the UK’ in their chosen skill.
Visitors to The Skills Show were able to watch the competitors in action in the WorldSkills UK Competitions, try their hand at different skills and meet with National Careers Service advisors to receive the latest information on apprenticeships and other training opportunities.
Entering the WorldSkills UK competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career. Taking part enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.
This is certainly something that Daniel Handley, who won gold in Landscape Gardening, has found. 'To be presented with my medal in front of everyone at the LG Arena at the NEC has been amazing,' says Daniel. 'Taking part in the WorldSkills UK Competitions has allowed me to build on my knowledge and practical skills and this has helped me progress in my job. If I’m honest, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, that I have won gold!'
Keith Smith, Director, The Skills Funding Agency and UK Official Delegate to WorldSkills International said: 'I offer my congratulations to the winners of WorldSkills UK. It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill to compete against the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners.
'By holding the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals at The Skills Show we can showcase and celebrate the high levels of talent entering the UK’s workforce.'
Speaking about the competitors, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: 'Skills are vital to the future of our country and it’s great to see so many talented young people taking part and demonstrating their expertise. I hope today’s winners will inspire others to begin learning a new skill which could lead to a new career and then to become the stars of tomorrow.'
Competitors from this year’s cycle of WorldSkills UK Competitions may be eligible to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years in cities around the globe and is the largest international skills competition.