Training 2000 to host selection for global skills competition

Training 2000’s Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre has been named as one of four host venues where young people will compete for a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the UK at World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017.

The selection process will take place from 28-31 March and Training 2000 will be hosting the CNC milling & CNC turning selection competition in the new £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre which opened in September last year.

Billed as the world’s largest – and toughest – skills competition, there are nearly 100 young people on the World Skills UK training programme for the competition, taking place from 14-19 October in the UAE.

Current apprentices, businesses and schools will be invited to observe the competition and gain inspiration from those taking part.

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said: “We’re delighted that our Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre has been chosen as a host venue for the selection of Team UK competitors, who will take part in the World Skills competition in Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest vocational skills competition.

“We’re a strong supporter of the competition, with Training 2000 finishing 5th out of 140 providers at World Skills UK 2016, and we’re excited to host this selection as participants who have already proven their abilities at the national level compete for a place in this truly global event.”

Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive, WorldSkills UK which manages the UK’s entry into international skills competitions said: “Those competing in the selection for Team UK are inspirational role models. By hosting the event as part of the skills celebration in the North West and working with the host colleges and training venues, we can show young people just how far an apprenticeship can take them.” Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on 21 April.