Two Middlesex University designers have been selected to represent the UK and take on the world’s most highly skilled students, apprentices and employees at WorldSkills London 2011. The tournament is the world’s largest international skills competition for young people.
Puja Varsani and Darren Lewis, both Product Design and Robotics students at Middlesex University, were announced by the Skills Minister John Hayes and invited to a reception hosted by HRH The Duke of York at Buckingham Palace to celebrate their inclusion in the team. The pair will represent UK in the Mobile Robotics category at the skills event taking place at London’s ExCeL centre from 5-8 October 2011.
To be selected to take part, the talented pair had to overcome stiff competition from across the UK at a four day selection event held in June.
Twenty-two year old Puja Varsani from Wembley said: “It is a huge honour to have been selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills London 2011. I know the next few months will be tough as I will be in training for the event and I really hope the whole of the country gets behind Team UK for WorldSkills London 2011 like they do our sporting teams!”
Darren Lewis, 21, from Lewisham said: “The training and experience, combined with our degrees, will be invaluable for our careers in the future. We’re really looking forward to the event as it will be the biggest and most challenging so far, and with the competition taking place here in the UK, there will be even more pressure to succeed.”
At the event, 1000 competitors from more than 50 countries will compete in 46 skill areas over four days. The UK will compete in 37 skills ranging from Mobile Robotics, Electrical Installations to Graphic Design.
Skills Minister John Hayes said: "Those representing the UK at WorldSkills will play a hugely important role in bringing the value of vocational skills and practical learning to national attention. I offer my warm support and congratulations to every member of the team.”