The path to WorldSkills 2017 continues for the UK tiling team, sponsored by Schlüter-Systems Ltd. Most recently, a series of challenges over an intensive two-day stretch, from 29th to 30th March, saw the nomination of the representative to compete at the grand final, in Abu Dhabi.
Armondas Tamulis (right), of Southern Regional College Northern Ireland (SRC), will compete for the UK in the Wall and Floor Tiling category at the climax of this prestigious competition, having beaten off tough competition from fellow student, Kieran Magee.
“We have worked incredibly hard in training towards the team selection and reaching the required WorldSkills standards,” says SRC lecturer, Paul Doran, who has been mentoring the team since the beginning of their journey. “Armondas and I would like to thank Schlüter for their ongoing support as our main sponsor, as we prepare for the final in a few months’ time.”
The flagship event of WorldSkills, the WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. One of the main legacies of the competitions is to give visibility and importance to professional education, as one of the true tools of socioeconomic transformation.
“Skill development has benefits for everyone,” says Carl Stokes, Head of Marketing for Schlüter-Systems Ltd. “The effects are obvious at every level—from individual, to employers, to society as a whole – and we are delighted to show our support to this important cause through our sponsorship of Team UK’s tilers”.
The two-year, or longer, process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and, finally, jump the final hurdle reaching the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown.
32 talented skilled professionals will continue to undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic style training in preparation for an intense week of competition. Skills represented range from Aircraft Maintenance through to Restaurant Service and Cyber Security.
WorldSkills UK, which helps young people Go Further, Faster, is spearheading the use of competition in the workplace, training centres, schools and colleges to inspire the next generation and fill the skills gap.
CEO Dr Neil Bentley said: “This is a critical moment for the future of these inspirational young people – and our economy.”
“The WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi are more important than international sporting fixtures, spurring on competitors to achieve the highest international standards to inspire more and more young people to get into apprenticeships and technical careers, getting them off to the best start in work and life.”
“Our ability to produce the right number of skilled, motivated, young people is vital for productivity, competitiveness and economic growth. Skills top the agenda of so many organisations and Governments across the UK and the CBI through to the Trade Unions and education sector.”
“Team UK represents the very future success of our economy and what they represent will help determine whether we thrive or fail post Brexit.”
WorldSkills UK, funded and supported by the DfE, devolved governments and commercial partners, utilises revolutionary training techniques usually associated with elite sporting teams, athletes and competitors.