Countdown to WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015

Dates for the squad selection ahead of WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015 have been announced

29 April 2014

The countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil may have started but for the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners the focus is most definitely on WorldSkills in Brazil in 2015. 

In June of this year, 167 young people from all over the UK will battle it out over three days of intense competition, with the hope of securing a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. The competitors were invited to take part in the selection process after excelling at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at The Skills Show. 

The selection competitions will take place at the following venues: 
  • EMTEC Colleges Limited, East Midlands 10 – 12 June 
  • Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Ireland 24 – 26 June 
  • Northern Regional College, Northern Ireland 24 – 26 June 
  • CAFRE, Northern Ireland 24 – 26 June 

Each competition venue will host a series of fringe events during the competitions to promote vocational excellence and encourage employers and future apprentices to get involved. 

Those who are successful in securing a place in Squad UK will undergo an intense training programme and 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, which takes place from 11 – 16 August, 2015.  

Participating in WorldSkills enables countries to share best practice in apprenticeships and vocational teaching, raising standards on a global scale. Speaking about the upcoming competitions, 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.'

WorldSkills is the world’s largest international skills competition. Held every two years in cities around the globe, the competition sees around 1000 young people come together to compete for medals in more than 40 skills ranging from Bricklaying to Beauty Therapy and Aircraft Maintenance.  

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