SWC College students part of ‘elite squad’

TWO South West College students were among an elite squad of UK talent heading to Belgium for the EuroSkills competition at the weekend.

Philip Glasgow, 21, attends the local FE College and was due to show off his carpentry skills with Welsh 19-year-old Gareth Jones, who goes to Coleg Sir Gar.

Meanwhile, fellow South West College student, 21 year-old Mark Woods, was chosen for his skills in tiling walls and floors.

Jaine Bolton, from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and UK delegate at EuroSkills, said: “This will be the first experience for Squad UK members of competing against competitors from different countries. I wish them the best of luck.”

And the Spa tournament will give UK selectors an early chance to see their competitors in action, before whittling their WorldSkills squad, managed by NAS, down from around 90.

“Euroskills is an important part of our competitors’ training ahead of the selection for Team UK as it will enable them to benchmark their skill levels against those from all over Europe and gain confidence in competing in front of audiences,” added Mrs Bolton.

Members of the UK’s Worldskills squad not competing at EuroSkills will take part in other competitions and industry events as part of their training regimes, including next month’s Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC.