WorldSkills Competitions are On! Trafford College
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WorldSkills Competitions are On!

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Trafford College is excited to announce that competitions for the selection of Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 are underway at the College’s Altrincham campus!

The College was selected by WorldSkills UK to host competitions for the selection of Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

With competitions taking place in 12 different skills sectors and involving 43 competitors from 9 different countries, the atmosphere around the campus is electric! The sheer focus and determination of the competitors is remarkable, especially whilst under the spotlight of the College’s current students and visitors, all fascinated by the levels of excellence on display, as well as being under the scrutiny of the judges.

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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.

Between 28 and 31 March, all those on the training programme will come together at four venues: The Manchester College, Stockport College, Trafford 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 will also attend the event as part of their training ahead of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

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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 are able to 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.”

The selection of Team UK forms part of a week of celebration of skills in the North West which also includes Choices, The Greater Manchester Skills, Careers and Apprenticeships Show, which takes place at EventCity on 29 and 30 March.  This event is being run in partnership by the Careers & Enterprise Company, WorldSkills UK and Prospects.

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. I would like to congratulate all the finalists and wish them the very best of luck at the competitions in March.”

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


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