Meet the Team

The Skills Academy at the City of Glasgow was established in 2013 to provide sustained high-level teaching strategies via work-based learning models with coaching at its core. The work-based learning models support the learners at each stage of the learner journey facilitating the delivery and development of world-class skills to inspire and motivate learners to be the best they can be.

It embeds and fosters a culture and ethos of high performance and achievement enabling our learners and apprentices to develop high-level skills to allow them to compete and work in a national and global marketplace. This complements the traditional emphasis on how skills can be developed and assessed for qualification purposes.

Meet the Team

Margaret Darroch

Margaret Darroch - Head of Skills Academy and Development


How long have you been involved with WorldSkills:

I took over the Skills Academy in 2013.

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills:

WorldSkills improves the opportunities for learners across Scotland. By working in close partnership with employers it elevates technical and meta-skills.

Stephen Downie

Stephen Downie - Position within Skills Academy: WorldSkills Coordinator


How long have you been involved with WorldSkills?

I began working with the Skills Academy in August 2017.

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills?

Seeing the students grow and develop as they advance through the competition stages

Douglas Alexander

Douglas Alexander - Position within Skills Academy: Performance Coach


How long have you been involved with WorldSkills?

I have been involved since I joined the College in May 2016.

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills?

The dedication and hard work of the competitors, as well as the range and diversity of the skills areas that they perform in, is what excites me the most about WorldSkills.

Robert Hammond

Robert Hammond - Position within Skills Academy: Wall and Floor Tiling Trainer


How long have you been involved with WorldSkills?

I have been involved in skillbuild/WorldSkills since I started working at the college in 2005.

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills?

It’s about the students being the best at their trade, but it helps me motivate all of the students whether they take part or not.

Frances Caherty

Frances Caherty - Position within Skills Academy: Performance Coach


How long have you been involved with WorldSkills:

5 years.

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills:

WorldSkills gives our young people the extra skills training and confidence to ensure they can develop their vocational skills to the highest levels and compete favourably against people from other countries.

WorldSkills UK Scotland Ambassadors 

Paul Little

Paul Little


Paul is the Chief Executive and Principal of City of Glasgow College and the WorldSkills UK lead for Scotland.With 30 years’ experience in further education, Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Institute of Public Relations and Member of the Nautical Institute.

WorldSkills Ambassador Group

WorldSkills UK Scotland Ambassador Group


The WorldSkills UK Scotland Ambassador group is made up of supporters and stakeholders from colleges throughout the country. The main aims of the ambassador group are to:

  • Increase engagement in WorldSkills competitions nationally
  • Provide specialised, high-quality coaching and skills development of competitors
  • Promote Scotland’s youth employment strategy – Developing the Young Workforce
  • Address the skills gap and meeting the training needs of employers

Get Involved

For more information about the competitions and how you can get involved, visit the WorldSkills UK website.