Two Middlesex University students have scooped medals at EuroSkills, a pan-European skills competition, which took place from 9 – 11 December in Lisbon, Portugal. The pair took part in the Mobile Robotics category, after being selected as part of a 20-strong UK team.
Puja Varsani and Darren Lewis, both Product Design and Robotics students at Middlesex University, were awarded bronze medals at the competition which saw nearly 500 young people from 27 countries compete. They had to complete a different task each day over the three-day competition.
The team, aged 18-25, returned home with an impressive 17 medals in a range of skills disciplines from landscape gardening to hairdressing.
The EuroSkills competition aims to raise the profile of vocational education and training in European Countries.
Middlesex University student, Puja Varsani said: “It was an honour and a privilege to represent the UK in the EuroSkills competition. Both Darren and I are delighted to have made the top three in our skill among so many talented competitors. We hope to make it to the global skills competition, WorldSkills, in 2011.”
Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister John Hayes said: “I congratulate the UK competitors for their hard work and talent. These inspiring young people have demonstrated to everyone across Europe that the UK stands for excellence in skills.”
More on the team and the competition on the Euroskills website.