Three teams of Middlesex University students will battle it out against the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners in the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at ‘The Skills Show’ later this week.
Taking place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC Birmingham, The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event. The highlight of the show is the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals which take place in 70 skills ranging from Floristry to Mechanical Engineering.
Three Middlesex University teams made up of six students will take part in the competition, with one team in the mobile robotics category and two in mechatronics. The Mechatronics teams consist of Calum Knott, John Peerless, Denis Tsvetkov and Eduardo Adend. The mobile robotics team is made up of Mohammed Yusuf and Luke Bennett.
During the three days of The Skills Show, the Middlesex students take on 800 of the country’s brightest students competing in front of 100,000 visitors with the aim of being named the ‘best’ in their skill in the UK.
Design Engineering student Calum Knott from Cockfosters said: “I’m excited about the competition, but obviously a little nervous. We’ll be completing a number of tasks in the competition, which increase in complexity as we progress. But we’ve been training hard and I’ve got a strong team, so hopefully we’ll do well.”
They will be accompanied at the show by fellow Middlesex students who are running a number of ‘Have a go’ area where visitors can get a hands-on-experience of new skills. In the various skills areas Middlesex students will hope to inspire young people to find out more about and learn new skills in the natural sciences, mechatronics and mobile robotics. The team will also be on hand to tell visitors about technical academies known as University Technical Colleges (UTCs) and the type of opportunities available to young people through them.
WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. Taking part enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.