Scots students head to Russia for Skills Olympics

Five Scots jet off to Russia this weekend to compete in international WorldSkills competition taking place in the Tatarstan capital, Kazan.

City of Glasgow College students; Mark Scott and Konnar Doyle, join Ross Megahy from New College Lanarkshire, Callum Bonner of Forth Valley College and Adrian Cybulski for Glasgow Clyde College.

The five Scots are part of a 37-strong group of students, apprentices and trainees that make up Team UK, who are hoping to equal or better their previous top ten performance.

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

“This is a life changing opportunity for all involved. These competitions assess an individual's knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. As an advocate for vocational excellence and technical expertise, I firmly believe such competitions help deliver economic growth and improved skills levels. I wish Konnor, Mark, Ross, Callum, Adrian and all of Team UK the very best of luck in Kazan.”

Mark Scott, who is competing in wall and floor tiling, was part of Team UK for EuroSkills Budapest in 2018. He said:

“I’ve faced regional, national and European competitions, and team selection – but this is the biggest challenge of them all. I’m doing this for my country, my family, my college and everyone that’s helped me get this far. I am pumped and ready for action.”

HND Retail Management student, Konnar Doyle, will compete in visual merchandising and is delighted to be part of Team UK, saying:

“All of us in the team have worked and trained really hard, and being told we’re going to represent our country at this level makes it all worthwhile. The support I’ve received from City of Glasgow College has been brilliant. I can’t wait to get out to Kazan for the competition - I’m going to give it my all.”

The 45th WorldSkills competition in Kazan runs from Friday 23 until Tuesday 27 August and will bring together competitors from 63 countries and regions to compete in 56 skills.

Every two years WorldSkills hosts the international competition, known as the Olympic Games of skills, attracting more than 1,600 competitors, with young people from all corners of the globe gathering for the chance to win a prestigious medal in their chosen skill.