Team UK excels at EuroSkills 2018

Team UK has returned from EuroSkills 2018 with one gold, three bronze and seven medallions of excellence.

The results put the UK in ninth place out of the 27 countries competing.

Of the four students from Scottish Colleges who were part of the team, Ross Megahy from New College Lanarkshire took bronze for Mechanical Engineering: CAD and City of Glasgow College’s Nicolle Finnie brought home a medallion of excellence in Cookery.

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

“As Lead Ambassador for WorldSkills in Scotland, I was proud to be in Budapest to see for myself just how calmly and professionally these talented young people performed in a hugely pressurised setting with Europe watching. The months and months of training has certainly paid off and all 22 young men and women who took part should be rightly proud of their achievements.

“I am a firm believer that taking part in these intense competitions helps prepare students to be the best in their chosen careers. They are in essence the Olympic Games of Skills, enabling employers to benchmark their apprenticeship and training programmes and educators to raise technical proficiency across the country.

Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK said:

“This is a fantastic result for Team UK and the country as a whole. We were gunning for a top ten position and we got it.

“These brilliant young people are the UK’s new generation of high flyers. This is an amazing result and the team worked incredibly hard, but we can’t be complacent.  Other countries across Europe are investing heavily in skills development, and we need to ensure we do not fall behind. Governments, employers and the education sector must embrace this success and use the energy and momentum generated here to inspire and to help propel economic growth and productivity.”

The competition, which took place in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, saw 27 countries and 600 competitors from across Europe take part in over 30 skills with an estimated 80,000 spectators attending.