Professor Sean Wellington, Middlesex University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Provost with responsibility for leadership of education, research and knowledge exchange, has been appointed to the board of World Skills UK
He also oversees the development and implementation of academic strategies at the University. Starting his career as an apprentice in the engineering industry, Sean has taught engineering and computing for more than 30 years and held teaching, research and leadership positions at three universities.
World Skills hold popular championships for vocational skills every two years which students in the UK and around the globe compete in.
Speaking about the appointment, Prof Wellington said the competition-based training programmes run by WorldSkills UK "give young people a real opportunity to boost their skills and their career prospects".
Prof Wellington said: "I am delighted to have been appointed a trustee of WorldSkills UK, an organisation that does so much to champion future skills and give more young people the chance to reach their potential.
"Middlesex University has worked with WorldSkills UK for many years and we have a shared commitment to inspire and enable learners from all backgrounds, allowing them to flourish in society and the world of work. Additionally, both organisations are embedded in global networks and this connectivity is used to make a transformative difference for learners."
Prof Wellington is among four new World Skills UK trustees along with Audrey Nelson, Justin Rix and Mark Farrar.
WorldSkills UK Chair Marion Plant said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of the new trustees to the WorldSkills UK Board.
"It is exciting to be able to welcome strong advocates for education and skills with such considerable experience and expertise to the team. I look forward to working with them all."