May 27, 2024

North Wales talent to represent Team UK at global skills competition

WorldSkills UK has announced that four Welsh competitors will be joining Team UK at the 46th WorldSkills competition in Shanghai, China 2022, with one hailing from North Wales.

WorldSkills supports young people across the world to take part in competition-led training, assessment, and benchmarking, with the competitors from national teams testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in an Olympic-style skills competition.

The finals in Shanghai are due to run from the 12th – 17th October, with the finalists competing to be the best in the world at their chosen skill. Welsh competitors are hoping to achieve medals in categories including Manufacturing Team Challenge and Industrial Electronics.

The selection follows several rounds of competition and an intense training and development programme where young people from all over the country have been competing and training in different skills categories.

The international competition is the final stage in the WorldSkills journey – running every two years – and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world.

Charlie Samson, 24, from Wrexham is competing in Manufacturing Team Challenge. He said:

“Taking part in the competitions has allowed me to acquire advanced qualifications and training opportunities. I feel incredibly proud to be representing Wales and the UK whilst competing against other countries around the world.”

 

Wales has previously taken 12 competitors to the WorldSkills international finals in the past few years, including Kazan and Abu Dhabi.

Minister for Economy Vaughan Gething said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many Welsh competitors taking part in the international WorldSkills competitions. WorldSkills brings together some of the most creative, skilled, and driven young people in Wales.”

“It’s vital that we continue to invest in future generations and continue to provide opportunities for young people to showcase the exceptional talent we have in this country and bring back skills they learn to our Welsh businesses. I wish all of the competitors the very best of luck.”

 

WorldSkills is supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund, to promote the importance of a highly skilled workforce for the future. For more information on Team Wales and WorldSkills UK, visit https://inspiringskills.gov.wales/