A Myerscough College apprentice is taking on their toughest skills challenge to date, when they compete against other young landscapers to try and win a place to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 this summer.
Known as the ‘Skills Olympics’, the WorldSkills Competition sees the world’s best apprentices and students battle it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill. The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings following its medal success at the last WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
19-year-old Sam Taylor was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions. Next week Sam will head to a qualifying event at Nottingham College, where he’ll go against other apprentices in the Landscape Gardening category.
Sam has been undertaking his Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work-based Horticulture – Landscaping - with Myerscough College, and is based at Garden TLC, in Oldham.
WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mindset and employability skills of young people.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK said: “I wish Sam the very best of luck as he competes for a place in the team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
“By entering the WorldSkills Competition, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider economy, driving up training standards in the UK to world-class levels, boosting productivity.”
Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be announced on 11th March.
Back in October, Sam was one of just 22 people in the UK chosen to compete at the EuroSkills event in Hungary, an international event to showcase the finest young skilled people in Europe. Sam was only one of two people selected for the squad to compete in the Landscape Gardening category, with Team UK up against more than 500 other competitors from 27 other nations.
We wish Sam the very best of luck!
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by Dave Salmon