We are less than a month away from Worldskills 2015 in Sao Paulo and already Worldskills UK are working hard in preparation for Worldskills 2017.
To be able to compete at this level takes a certain calibre of person; individuals have to be prepared both physically and mentally to cope with the pressures and demands of the competition. Early preparation is essential to find the best young people throughout the UK who can deal with the challenging journey ahead.
The process, in its most simplistic terms, starts with regional heats, where competitors from a particular discipline compete for a place at the National Finals. This year saw over 40 competitors take part in the Sheet Metal Technology category, with just ten places up for grabs.
The prestigious finals are held at The Skills Show NEC, where the successful competitors compete for a spot on the UK squad. The level of competition at this point is intense and participants are put through rigorous, complex challenges which fully analyse their talent, skill and ability.
Worldskills is a platform for celebrating world-class excellence through different disciplines. Worldskills is 'the Olympics of industry' and both showcases talent and raises expectations and aspirations for young people.
It is very exciting for KMF to have five apprentices in the final ten national finalists. They are now on their way to The Skills Show to hopefully follow in the footsteps of Advanced Apprentice Harley Brian, (who will be competing in Sao Paulo for Worldskills 2015), and Higher Apprentice Matt Page, (who competed in Leipzig at Worldskills 2013).
KMF wish Ashley Degg, Tom French, Brandon Lomax, Ben Swingewood and Jordan Bentley the very best of luck as they go head-to-head with:
Nicholas Roberts from Coleg Cambria / Fabdec Ltd
Toby Poulton from Cornwall College / Fugro Seacore Ltd
Matthew Hughes from Coleg Cambria / DRB Group
Shane Mellor from Babcock Marine
Harry Thomas from City of Wolverhampton College
Judges, who are industry experts, will decide on their Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists and these individuals will then compete for a place on Squad UK before one lucky winner is selected for Team UK.
Congratulations to all who have made it this far and good luck with the next stage.