Apprentice competes for place at World Championship of Skills

Mark Scott is one of four Scottish students who are competing this week to secure a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

The Wall and Floor Tiling apprentice won a gold medal in his specialism at WorldSkills UK LIVE in 2017, an achievement that earned him a spot with Team UK at EuroSkills Budapest 2018.

City of Glasgow College is a 2019 host college for the UK wide selection process that replicates the challenging conditions competitors will face at this year’s international skills competition in Kazan, Russia.

Paul Little, Lead Ambassador for WorldSkills in Scotland, and Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:

“Mark’s achievements have been remarkable and we are of course cheering on all our Scottish contestants as they compete to secure a much coveted place on Team UK.

“Our college aims to equip our students with the hard and soft skills they will need to excel in the world of work. As an advocate for tertiary excellence, I firmly believe these competitions help to improve skills levels and deliver economic growth.”

The remaining three Scots also hoping for a spot in Team UK are City of Glasgow College student, Konnar Doyle, who is competing in the Visual Merchandising category; Ross Megahy, representing New College Lanarkshire in Mechanical Engineering: CAD; and Callum Bonnar, competing in Painting and Decorating for Forth Valley College.

The Team UK Selection process takes place from March 4 to March 7 at the college’s City campus. Four skills areas are being tested: cooking; pâtisserie and confectionery; restaurant service, and visual merchandising. During the selection process, members of Squad UK compete against each other for the one place to represent their skill in Team UK.

WorldSkills Kazan, Russia runs from 22 to 27 August 2019. Held every two years, this world championship of skills attracts over 1,600 competitors from more than 60 countries. Apprentices, students and trainees from all corners of the globe compete across 56 different skills areas for the chance of winning a prestigious medal in their chosen specialism.