Scotland’s Skills Olympians Rewarded

WorldSkills UK Scotland celebrated the outstanding achievements of Scottish College competitors at an Awards Ceremony on 8 March hosted by City of Glasgow College.

Scotland is the top performing nation in the UK Skills National League Table having won 33 medals overall at the 2016 UK Skills Show. And in the European arena, Team UK give their best ever performance taking eight medals and eight Medallions of Excellence at the more recent EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg.

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

“Of the top 15 colleges in the UK who compete internationally 10 are Scottish and this gathering of competitors, trainers, mentors and families from colleges across Scotland recognises that phenomenal success. It also pays tribute to those Scottish competitors currently training for a place in Team UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

“As WorldSkills Ambassador for Scotland I believe these competitions significantly develop young people’s professional and technical skills to high levels of excellence, and enhance those attributes valued by employers. Ultimately these competitions and the support given in advance are important to help our students get a job, keep a job and go on to a better job.”

The celebration featured keynote speeches from WorldSkills UK Ambassadors and Dr Neil Bentley, CEO WorldSkills UK, who talked about the power of equality in skills standards and said:

“It is fantastic to see WorldSkills Scotland do so well and my congratulations go to all involved. This success is a credit to the competitors, their colleges, employers, families and the four nations. They should be very proud. These competitions are about being the best you can be all round, both in the competition and in life.

“At the UK Skills Show six out of seven women who took part won an award. We need more female role models from these competitions and we need to encourage more young women into non-traditional careers and start filling the skills gaps.”

City of Glasgow College has three competitors in the UK training programme for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 - billed as the world’s toughest skills competition for apprentices. They are Chloe Oswald (Confectionery), Nicolle Finnie (Cooking), and Isla McLarty (Beauty). The team will be announced on 21 April and the competition takes place from 14 to 19 October in the UAE.

Register now for WorldSkills National Qualifiers 2017. Contact Margaret Darroch.