Thirty-nine young people have been chosen to represent Team UK at the WorldSkills 2022 competition in China. Dubbed the ‘Skills Olympics’ this internationally respected competition is biennial and rewards excellence in technical disciplines.
Team UK will face off against rivals from 80 countries to bring home gold in their field. Selected after triumphs in the national competitions, the team is diverse. Representatives from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be flying the flag for the UK, including Connor Cruden from Moray College, who is standing in the Plumbing & Heating category. CIPHE Trainee member Connor will also receive the Worshipful Company of Plumbers (WCP) Gold Medal for representing the UK.
Training for the ultimate prize began in January 2020. Originally scheduled for 2021, the global pandemic forced the Shanghai finals back by a year – a setback the team took in their stride.
As a hub for skills excellence, WorldSkills UK brings together young people, industry leaders and education providers to celebrate the value of technical education and training. With support from an impressive group of industry professionals and ex-champions, the UK Team are now honing their skills ready for the competition.
To see the full list of finalists and find out more, please visit the WorldSkills UK website.