Along with other learners from Training 2000, Liam, an engineering apprentice from Burnley, took home a medal from the 2014 national finals of the prestigious WorldSkillsUK competition. The Paradigm Precision employee, 19, achieved a coveted gold medal in CNC Milling.
After completing a BTEC in mechanical engineering, Liam realised he wanted to get out of the classroom and into his dream career, so chose an extended engineering tool-making apprenticeship.
Whilst doing his apprenticeship, Liam has gone from strength to strength and now has a long list of accolades to his name, but his WorldSkillsUK gold is one of his most treasured wins.
“Being part of the WorldSkillsUK competition really encouraged me to aspire to be the best I could be. I believe the experience makes me stand out amongst my peers and increases my employability, as well as providing me with the opportunity to develop technical and personal skills.”
Liam was chosen for WorldSkillsUK due to his performance in the work place, his grades and his attitude. He completed a passive heat piece that was sent to SEMTA for judging before being told he had made it through to the finals.
After showcasing his technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, he was shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which took place in November 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.
Steve Gray, CEO of Training 2000 noted;
“It is a fantastic achievement and our learners outstanding success means that we are now in the top 8 of the WorldSkillsUK organisational league and we have built some great alliances with businesses and employers.”
The show featured over 600 apprentices, watched by 75,000 visitors over three days. The skills on display included diverse talents such as floristry, hairdressing, welding and catering.
WorldSkills is the world’s largest skills competition and outstanding competitors from last year’s WorldSkillsUK finals may be invited to join Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017. Indeed, Liam has been invited to attend the skills show this year with potential to make it as part of Squad UK and he finds out the result in November.
The competition also provides real benefits for employers, raising their profile as a competitive, visible apprenticeship supporter. Demonstrating commitment to staff development, companies involved in WorldSkills drive improved performance and innovation amongst all staff involved.
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