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Central College Nottingham Hosts WorldSkills Selection Event

Chamber Chief Executive George Cowcher opens the World Skills EventCentral College Nottingham is hosting the prestigious WorldSkills squad selection events this week.

Hundreds of talented young people from across the world will battle it out over five days of competition in a bid to secure their place for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015.

The events are split between two college venues Ruddington (Aircraft Maintenance, Automotive, Landscape Gardening and Refrigeration categories) and Highfields (Electronics, Engineering and Web Design). Other events are taking place at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

The selection events will provide an exciting opportunity for Central’s current students to see first-hand the competitors in a live arena showcasing their ability, skills and knowledge.

Local schools, colleges, employers and the public are also encouraged to attend the event and have a go at some fun challenges run by Central’s tutors and see displays including a smart-parking Kia car, a virtual welder and 3D printing. An RAF Gazelle helicopter is being specially brought in from RAF Cosford for the Aircraft Maintenance competitors.

Andy Moore from Central College said: “It’s a privilege for us to host these high-profile selection events and it’s put both Central College and Nottinghamshire on the map. Working with WorldSkills is an excellent way to keep up-to-date with international standards and knowledge, and convey to today’s trainees and apprentices how important it is to be able to operate globally. It also shows the rest of the world that the UK is a valuable source of talent and expertise.

“I hope our own students will be inspired by the level of craftsmanship and professionalism they see, and the young people from the local schools who come along might consider one of these professions as a career route for themselves in the future.”

WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015, which takes place from 11-16 August 2015, is the world’s largest international skills competition. The WorldSkills Competition is held every two years in cities around the globe and sees around 1000 young people come together to compete for medals in more than 40 skills ranging from Bricklaying to Beauty Therapy and Aircraft Maintenance.

Ross Maloney, Chief Executive of Find a Future which manages the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills Competition said: “By participating in the WorldSkills Competition the UK is able to share best practise in apprenticeships and vocational teaching, raising standards on a global scale. Through skills competitions and the wider work of Find a Future we want to provide every young person with the chance to unlock their potential and get excited about the world of work.

"We are grateful to Central College Nottingham for hosting this event and allowing us to use their excellent facilities.”

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