Recognition for Scotland's Skills Olympians

City of Glasgow College turns the spotlight on the fantastic work being delivered to create the workforce of the future.

Scottish colleges currently dominate the WorldSkills UK Skills National League Table with City of Glasgow College ranked Number One.

This collective achievement was celebrated at City of Glasgow College’s now annual Celebration of Skills Excellence and Achievement as over 100 finalists, medal winners and support teams from across Scotland gathered at the college’s award winning City campus.

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

“To have two Scottish colleges out of 260 UK colleges and training providers regularly in the top three of the National Skills League Table is an incredible feat and one which rightly deserves applause. I firmly believe that taking part in WorldSkills competitions helps prepare students to be the best in their chosen careers. These Olympic Games of Skills competitions enable employers to benchmark their apprenticeship and training programmes and, ultimately, to raise standards across the whole of the UK.”

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, recorded a special video message saying:

“Congratulations to all medal and highly commended winners who helped Scotland retain the title of best in the UK in WorldSkills. Like any Olympic athlete you have trained over many long hours and sacrificed a lot along the way. Collectively you are an inspiration to Scotland and the UK.”

Jordan Charters, WorldSkills UK Skills Champion, who brought home a Medallion of Excellence from WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, shared the highs and lows of his journey to success, and said:

“WorldSkills competitions are very, very hard work. But the long hours of training are worth it to be the best. Nothing was going to stop me succeeding and it’s not often I cry but it was an emotional moment when I told my dad that I’d secured a place on Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi.”