High Emotion at EuroSkills Finals

Twenty-Two of the UK’s finest young apprentices and students have begun their toughest test – as the EuroSkills Finals kicked-off in Budapest on September 26th.

Team UK is competing against 27 other countries, from across Europe, in a range of disciplines from cooking to cabinet making welding to web design, ICT to beauty therapy.

The intensive three-day elite level competition is considered to be one of the most arduous and exacting in the World.

The Hungarian hosts welcomed the 525 competitors at an Olympic style Opening Ceremony at the national sports arena – where all national teams displayed their flags and raised the roof.

Dr.Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK said:

”I couldn’t be more proud of each and every member of Team UK – they are ready for action – and will do our nation proud.

“WorldSkills UK works to accelerate the development of young people’s skills from national to world-class standards. We’re creating a new generation of high flyers that give UK employers a competitive edge.”

Many industry and economic commentators see the intensive 3-day competition as a litmus test for how the country might fare when freedom of movement ceases in March.

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills Anne Milton MP also gave her support to Team UK and said: “You are the future, you are representing the country – and doing us proud.

“We are moving to a World where it’s not about where you come from, or whether you went to university – but what skills you can offer to an employer and help them become more productive.

“Visiting the WorldSkills Competition last year was probably the most mind-blowing experience of my life. It’s about endurance and fortitude – when you get there don’t let anything get in your way – you are the best.”

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