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Britain’s best engineers turn effort in to gold

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'Midas' medal winners point to bright future

Britain's best young engineering talent struck Gold at the nations biggest skills fiesta – The Skills Show in Birmingham.

Many will now continue their intensive training and represent their nation at the WorldSkills Finals to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

More than 130 young people took part in the WorldSkills UK engineering competitions run by employer-led Semta at the Skills Show in Birmingham's NEC which attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

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Minister says future for apprenticeships will become clear

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The future for apprenticeships will be revealed in the Government's spending review next week – answering calls from employers represented by Semta to clarify plans sooner rather than later.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said things would become clear during Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn spending review next Wednesday as he officially opened the Skills Show at Birmingham's NEC yesterday saying the Government was determined to not only hit its 3 million target for apprenticeships but to ensure the quality was improved.

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Inspiring the next generation

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The Golden class of 2015 were on hand to inspire competitors taking part in the Skills Show hoping to follow in their footsteps and represent Team UK on the world stage.

Medal winners from the WorldSkills International competition in Brazil presented to youngsters taking part in competitions ahead of The Skills Show which opened today (Thursday November 19) where those who impress could be in line for squad selection for the next WorldSkills finals due to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

No fewer than 10 out of 12 of Semta's engineering team won medals in Sao Paulo, the nation's best-ever haul. Among them was Andrew Beel, 21 of Glasgow to add to gold success and Best of Nation at Euroskills in 2014.

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British business ‘in the dark’ on apprentice future

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Skills boss calls for clarity

British businesses – and a generation of young people – are on tenterhooks about the future of apprenticeships.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not for profit employer-led organisation, tasked with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing – has called for clarity regarding impending plans.

Semta, which represents almost 146,000 companies large and small, has been advising industry to help mould policy to the benefit of British business.

Speaking at the launch of The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham –where 140 apprentices will compete in the national finals of the WorldSkills UK engineering competitions, she revealed that most companies are clueless as to what is in store.

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British engineers – ‘Be loud and proud’

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Semta Chief issues challenge for change

British Engineers must start shouting loud and proud about their achievements, if they are to optimise opportunities – says the woman tasked with skilling the sector.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit employer-led organisation 'engineering skills for the future' believes that the engineering community is guilty of 'hiding lights under bushels'.

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Minister hails work of Semta

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"Wonderful Organisation" pledges skills effort

Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, has paid tribute to Semta – the not-for-profit, employer-led organisation tasked with skilling engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.

Speaking at the 'Skills Breakfast' at The Conservative Party Conference in Manchester – he told the audience of employers and educators, that skilling Britain by creating three million apprenticeships remained at the top of the Government's agenda.

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Wanted: Britain’s best engineers

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Nominations open for Semta Skills Awards 2016

The search is on to find the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing, with a new venue, new host and new category for Semta's industry-leading awards - highlighting the champions of one of the UK's most important economic sectors.

Nominations open today (September 1) and close on November 30 for the eight categories including the new Technician of the Year award thanks to sponsors EngTechNow who are supporting the awards alongside fellow newcomers GetMyFirstJob and returning sponsors Atkins, Rolls-Royce, Marshall, BAE Systems, Siemens and Jaguar Land Rover.

The winners of the Semta Skills Awards 2016 will be revealed at a gala awards dinner in London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel on February 10 hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate, Steph McGovern.

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Andrew’s stellar night in Brazil

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Dundee Man 'Medal's at Skills 'Olympics'

The elite of British engineering have grabbed a 'bank vault' of medals and 'done their nation proud' - at the Skills 'Olympics 'WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In a stellar night for Semta's engineering Team UK no less than 10 of the 12-person squad won medals – the highest in the competition's history.

Andrew Beel, aged 21, from Dundee survived a gruelling four-year selection process to get to the very pinnacle of his profession with the help of Sector Skills Council Semta.

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Toyota team’s stellar night in Brazil

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Huge medal haul at Skills 'Olympics'

The elite of British engineering have grabbed a 'bank vault' of medals and 'done their nation proud' - at the Skills 'Olympics 'WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In a stellar night for Semta's engineering Team UK no less than 10 of the 12-person squad won medals – the highest in the competition's history.

Toyota's Robyn Clarke and Andy Smith, both from Chester, and who work at the manufacturer's Deeside plant in North Wales, were awarded Medallions of Excellence for Mechatronics.

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Alex’s stellar night in Brazil

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West Midlands man 'medals' in Brazil

The elite of British engineering have grabbed a 'bank vault' of medals and 'done their nation proud' - at the Skills 'Olympics 'WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In a stellar night for Semta's engineering Team UK no less than 10 of the 12-person squad won medals – the highest in the competition's history.

Alex Elton, aged 21, from Nuneaton, picked up a coveted Medallion of Excellence – proving him to be among the very best CNC Turners in the World.

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