16th November 2017
The 2017 Skills Show gets underway today, with the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions taking place in more than 50 different skills areas.
Semta, the engineering skills body, is the organising partner for 13 of the engineering competitions, ranging from aeronautical engineering to welding and recognises what important ambassadors for the engineering sector the competitors are.
Ann Watson, Chief Executive of Semta, said:
"The 118 outstanding young engineers competing this week have worked so hard to come through the regional heats and progress to the national finals for their chance to be crowned the best in the UK in their chosen skill.
"Whatever happens, they can be extremely proud of their achievements so far. There can only be one winner in each competition but every single one of the competitors has a great future ahead of them and is an inspirational role model to other young people considering a career in the industry."
In addition to hosting the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions, the Skills Show is the UK's largest skills and careers event.
Ms Watson added:
"The Skills Show is a great experience for the thousands of young people who walk through its doors every year – and there's so much there to show them why an engineering career could be a smart bet.
"As well as the unique opportunity to see 13 very different engineering disciplines brought to life by the inspirational national competition finalists, there will be lots of top engineering employers there and WorldSkills Champions on hand to explain first-hand exactly what it's like to work in the industry and what opportunities there are on offer."
You can find out more about the WorldSkills UK engineering skills competitions and this year's finalists here.