Super College students head to Russia for WorldSkills Championship

Two students from City of Glasgow College have gained sought-after places on Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

Konnar Doyle, currently studying HND in Retail Management, will compete in Visual Merchandising, with fellow student, Mark Scott, representing the college in Wall and Floor Tiling.

Altogether four Scots make up the 32 strong Team UK heading to Kazan in Russia for this year’s WorldSkills championships. Ross Megahy of New College Lanarkshire will compete in Mechanical Engineering: CAD; with Callum Bonner of Forth Valley College taking part in Painting and Decorating.

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

“As an advocate for vocational excellence and technical expertise, I firmly believe these skills 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 Konnar, Mark, Ross and Callum, and all of Team UK the very best of luck in Kazan.”

Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains the team, and uses their successes to promote skills across the country, said:

“Think Olympic Games – but much more important to the economic future of the United Kingdom.

“This is a life-changing opportunity for all those involved. I couldn’t be more proud of these extraordinary young people who will be on the plane to Russia. They have worked tirelessly for weeks, months and years to be the best – they are a shining example to the next generation – let’s celebrate their spirit, commitment, and success.”

More than 60 countries will be sending elite teams to the Tatarstan capital 800 km east of Moscow - to do battle and go for bronze, silver and gold in 56 different skills disciplines.

At the last WorldSkills finals in Abu Dhabi in 2017, Team UK finished in 10th position and is hoping to repeat or better that result.