Apprentice Harry Jackson is setting out on the Road to Shanghai following his selection to Squad UK for the international WorldSkills Competition.
Harry was invited to join the prestigious WorldSkills UK Talent Development Programme after excelling in its national skills competitions and being given a wildcard entry for the finals at WorldSkills UK LIVE in Birmingham last month.
The WorldSkills Competition, which will be held in Shanghai, China in 2021, takes place every two years and is known as the ‘Skills Olympics’. The competition features over 1,000 of the world’s most-talented apprentices and students competing in over 50 different disciplines, as they battle it out to be named World Champion in their chosen skill.
Harry will now undertake an 18-month training programme with WorldSkills UK, supported by Metalcraft, and will face the ultimate selection test in Spring 2021 when the team that will compete at WorldSkills Shanghai will be named.
Harry said:“I’m really excited to have been selected for the next stage of the competition and am looking forward to meeting the other squad members and coaches. I’ve really enjoyed the competitions so far and will be working hard to hone my skills over the next few months to be in with a real chance of selection.”
Austen Adams, managing director of Stainless Metalcraft, said: “We’re really proud that Harry has secured his spot on in the WorldSkills UK Talent Development Programme.
“Metalcraft invests a huge amount of time and resources to help our apprentices develop the skills they need to enjoy successful, skilled careers in engineering.
“Our apprentices have enjoyed significant success in a variety of regional and national competitions over recent years and this is testament not only to their own hard work but also to the skills, dedication and and professional guidance of the talented team we’ve assembled to support them.”
Ben Blackledge, deputy Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Congratulations to Harry. He has already excelled in the WorldSkills UK regional and national competitions – and is now facing an even tougher test as he looks to secure his place to represent the UK on the world stage.”
The previous WorldSkills Competition was held earlier this year in Kazan, Russia where Team UK was awarded 19 Medals. By competing in the competition, WorldSkills UK is able to identify global best practice, research and insight that will help the new UK government to deliver world class standards in technical education.
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