We’d like to say a huge congratulations to SkillELECTRIC 2017 finalist Thomas Lewis who has been named this week as representing the UK in EuroSkills Budapest 2018.
Team UK – which heads to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest from 26 to 28 September – will comprise 22 elite competitors skilled in a broad spectrum of disciplines from engineering to construction, digital to creative.
The team will now go on to complete an intensive training programme, supported by their trainers, employers and training providers, before competing in Budapest.
Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains Team UK to the highest international standard, said: “This will be a life-enhancing opportunity for these remarkable young people.
“After Brexit, our economic success as a nation will be dependent on our ability to close major trade deals and attract inward investment – and this will always hinge on demonstrating we have people with the right skills.
Team UK are the embodiment not only of the kinds of traits and characteristics that we should aspire for in a young workforce, but for the UK Government’s ambitions for Global Britain too.
“They are leaders of their generation – and will inspire many more to walk in their footsteps.”
Governments and industry will be watching with interest to benchmark how well Team UK performs compared to the country’s main European competitors. At the previous EuroSkills finals, held in 2016 in Gothenburg – Team UK finished seventh.
To secure a place in Team UK, the apprentices and learners have been through an exhaustive selection process, taking part in the prestigious WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE.