EuroSkills Competition

EuroSkills is the European skills competition for young people up to 25 years. It’s a spectacular promotion of vocationsl professions, held every two years in one of the WorldSkills Europe member states.

EuroSkills is centered on the performance of hundreds of European talents, selected through skills competitions in their own countries. The best of the best young European professionals showcase their talents here. It’s a total experience and an inspiration for all.

WorldSkills Europe

WorldSkills Europe is a nonprofit member association, which promotes excellence in the field of skills and competence development. The organisation raises awareness of the importance of professional excellence and high quality vocational education and training for Europe. To do so, WorldSkills Europe orchestrates the biennial EuroSkills competition, a spectacular promotion of professions for young people following the latest developments in skilled professions around Europe.

WorldSkills Europe connects members, international industry partners, governmental agencies and educational institutions on an international platform to promote vocational education and training excellence and encourage world class standards of skills and competences in Europe. Moreover, it provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of European-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy.

Welsh youngsters chosen to compete in largest European skills competition

Two students from Wales have been selected to represent the UK at Europe’s largest skills competition, to be held in Sweden in December.

Held every two years, EuroSkills sees young people aged 18-25 from across Europe come together to compete for medals in 35 different skills including Electrical Installation, Welding, Web Design, Cooking and Bricklaying.

Ethan Davies, 21, from Mynydd Isa will be competing in the CNC Milling category, and Nathan Jones, 20, from Neath Port Talbot College will compete in Web Design.

Ethan is currently employed by Electroimpact based in Deeside after completing his apprenticeship with the company. He is currently studying an NVQ level 4 in Engineering at Coleg Cambria and will be competing in the CNC Milling category.

Ethan and Nathan will be among 19 competitors who will travel to Gothenburg on 30th November and compete as part of Team UK, against young people from30 European countries.

Ethan, who won a gold medal at the Skills Show in Birmingham last year, said he was really looking forward to going on to the next stage and competing in Sweden.

Ethan said: “When I first entered a skills competition at college, I never thought I’d get the chance to travel to another country to compete at an international level. For me, this is a dream come true.

“It will be really interesting to see how competitors from different countries work, and how their skills may vary. This competition will certainly push my abilities, but I have a few months to practice as much as possible and develop my skills to be the best I can be.

“I have a great support network and everyone is really proud of my achievements so far. My employer, Matthew Booth, is really helping me prepare by offering advice, training and letting me use the facilities to practice outside of working hours. He sees the benefit of me competing, as my skills are continuing to develop which has resulted in our productivity tripling.

“My ambition is to keep going in my career and to help others train for competitions, I couldn’t recommend competing in a WorldSkills competition enough.”

Deputy Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, said: “Last year we came home with two silver medals, and as a relatively small country. Wales is establishing itself on the European stage by continuing to produce highly talented individuals.

“It’s one thing to showcase your skills to peers in the classroom, but to compete against some of the best apprentices and learners in your industry, in a pressured competition environment, is extremely challenging.

“I wish Ethan and Nathan the best of luck at EuroSkills and in their future careers.”

EuroSkills provides an opportunity to share best practice, improve the status and attraction of vocational training, whilst raising standards on a European scale.

The training programme for Squad UK not only includes this year’s EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg but also The Skills Show which takes place in the NEC in Birmingham from 17-19 November.

The Welsh competitors representing Team UK at Euroskills 2016 are also all in the running to travel to Abu Dhabi in October 2017 to compete on a global level at the WorldSkills competition.

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