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Engineering Skills Champion Urges Country to Back Team UK Engineers in Hungary

22nd May 2018

WSUK GFF RGBThe leading organisation championing skills in UK advanced engineering and manufacturing has issued a message of congratulations to those chosen to put their wits to the test at a key international skills competition this autumn – and a rallying cry to the sector, and the nation, to get behind them.

Team UK – which heads to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest from 26 to 28 September – will comprise of 22 elite competitors from a wide range of disciplines – including five from the world of engineering.

The engineering competitors are:

  • Elliott Dawson (CNC Milling, aged 20, Training 2000 Ltd)
  • Ross Megahy (Mechanical Engineering: CAD, aged 21, New College Lanarkshire)
  • Jack Dakin (Mechatronics, aged 22, Toyota Manufacturing Ltd)
  • Danny Slater (Mechatronics, aged 24, Toyota Manufacturing Ltd)
  • Scott Kerr (Welding, aged 21 Coleg Menai)

Ann Watson, Semta CEO, said:

“These young individuals represent the very best of British engineering and I wish them luck as they fly the flag overseas.

“We have engineers in this country with immense skill, hard work and creativity, and Elliott, Ross, Jack, Danny and Scott are just five examples of the strength of those qualities in the young talent we have coming through.

“We must now get right behind them and showcase their abilities, in this Year of Engineering, to young people across the United Kingdom, so that we can inspire the next generation to turn their talents to engineering too – our future economic prosperity depends on it.”

Governments and industry will be watching with interest to benchmark how well Team UK performs compared to the country’s main European competitors. At the previous EuroSkills finals, held in 2016 in Gothenburg, Team UK finished seventh.

To secure a place in Team UK, the apprentices and learners have been through an exhaustive selection process, taking part in the prestigious WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Semta is the organising partner for WorldSkills UK engineering competitions in thirteen disciplines, ranging from aeronautical engineering to welding.

Click here to view the full list of Team UK members.