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Talented young competitors backed to go for gold in Abu Dhabi by engineering skills champion

13th October 2017

The talented young engineers representing the country at a prestigious international skills competition have been given the wholehearted support of the industry's key skills body.

Ten young British engineers are set to start competing against the best from around the globe at the WorldSkills competitions in Abu Dhabi from tomorrow (Saturday 14 October), in disciplines ranging from Aircraft Maintenance to Welding.

Semta is the organising partner for WorldSkills UK engineering competitions. Top competitors in the UK competitions, which are held annually, go on to be considered for selection to represent the UK at the global WorldSkills event.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, said "The WorldSkills competitions are a fantastic way for our very best and brightest young engineers to show the rest of the world just what they and our country are made of.

"As the organising partner for the engineering competitions, the Semta Team is backing them all the way and the country should be hugely proud of the team, whatever happens in Abu Dhabi.

"We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that these young people bring home even more medals than in 2015 and show once again that the engineers being developed by Semta and by UK industry are truly world class."

The young men and women representing Britain in WorldSkills engineering competitions won their places after seeing off competition from hundreds of other hopefuls.

The international competition is held every two years and at the last final, in Sao Paulo in 2015, Team UK finished seventh overall, with nine medals. One engineering competitor, Shayne Hadland, won a silver medal in Aircraft Maintenance and was later awarded an MBE for his success.

Ms Watson added "Shayne Hadland's MBE is a real mark of just how important these competitions are in showing to the world that the UK has the skilled young people to engineer a bright future. We should, as a country, be doing much more to celebrate their success – the government is backing them, we're backing them, employers are backing them and I hope that the wider public will get on board too."

The engineering competitors taking part in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi can be found here.