Flying the flag for WorldSkills and Scotland

Carol Monaghan MP, Betsy Crosbie, Jordan Charters, Principal Paul Little

Two Scots make up the 34-strong Team UK who are in Abu Dhabi for this year’s WorldSkills Finals – the Olympic Games of skills competitions.

Betsy Crosbie from New College Lanarkshire is competing in Mechanical Engineering CAD, and Jordan Charters from Edinburgh College competes in painting and decorating. They were wished good luck by WorldSkills Ambassador for Scotland, Paul Little; and Carol Monaghan, SNP MP and Shadow Spokesperson for Education.

The apprentices and students who make up Team UK are the nation’s elite young women and men who have been selected by WorldSkills UK to go for gold against the best of the rest of the world – in a litmus test for the future of our economy.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:

“As an advocate for vocational excellence and celebrating technical expertise, I believe the WorldSkills competitions help deliver economic growth and an improved level of skills. They assess an individual's knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria.

“Apprentices and students develop world class skills which can accelerate their career by providing high level employability skills that employers are crying out for. I wish Betsy and Jordan, and all of Team UK the very best of luck in Abu Dhabi.” 

Those selected for Team UK competed against thousands of fellow apprentices and students to represent their country at the WorldSkills Finals which run from 14 to 19 October. Skills tests range from aircraft maintenance and construction metal work, through to electrical installation and 3D game design.

Betsy and Jordan will be joined by two City of Glasgow College graduates who are representing both the college and Scotland at the first ever WorldSkills TVET Youth Forum at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.

Chanel Roderickson was a silver medal winner at last year’s UK Skills Show for Beauty Therapy Body, while Nicolle Finney took gold for Culinary Art in 2015 and narrowly missed a place in Team UK for this year’s WorldSkills.

WorldSkills TVET Youth Forum will see 300 young professionals from 70 countries coming together to write a Youth Declaration on the future of skills and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).

The WorldSkills Finals are held every two years. In 2015 in São Paulo, Team UK finished overall seventh in the medal table, bringing home an impressive haul of medals that included three gold, four silver, two bronze and twenty three medallions of excellence.

WorldSkills UK is funded and supported by the DfE, devolved governments and commercial partners, and utilises revolutionary training techniques associated with elite sporting teams, athletes and competitors, to help young people ‘Go Further, Faster’.