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Finalists announced for WorldSkills UK 2017

18th September 2017

Semta, the organising partner for the WorldSkills UK (WSUK) engineering competitions, has praised the high level of talent among this year's finalist cohort.

Competing in front of 70,000 spectators at The Skills Show in Birmingham, 118 finalists - made up of apprentices and vocational learners from across the UK - will compete in 13 different disciplines including welding, mechatronics and aeronautical engineering.

Ann Watson, Chief Executive of Semta, hopes the competition will inspire others, saying: "Engineering is a fantastic career choice, and WorldSkills UK and The Skills Show play a vital role in raising skills standards and encouraging the interest of young people. Many of the spectators this year will be students, their teachers and parents who I hope will be inspired by what they see.

"The national final provides an opportunity for competitors to challenge themselves against the best apprentices and vocational and technical learners from all over the country. The winners also have the chance to qualify to compete as part of Team UK at WorldSkills Russia in 2019, competing against the best engineering talent from around the world. It's a brilliant opportunity, and I wish them all the best."

WorldSkills UK and The Skills Show bring together the UK's leading employers, colleges and training providers, offering thousands of apprenticeship and job opportunities to help young people get the best start in work and life.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK, said: "WorldSkills UK competitions are proven to enhance a person's apprenticeship or training programme by enabling them to develop essential character and employability skills. By using knowledge gained from competing nationally and internationally, we know we are working to benchmarks that will equip more young people with the right skills to help UK businesses compete better globally."

A full list of the WSUK finalists for each of the 13 engineering competitions can be found here.

Tickets for the Skills Show (16-18 November) are free and can be reserved here.