Sam aims for glory at Skills Olympic

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

A SU­PER skilled ap­pren­tice from Lough­bor­ough is pur­su­ing global glory at the ‘Skills Olympic’ fi­nals in Abu Dhabi.

Sam Hil­lier, 24, who is em­ployed at Toy­ota’s Bur­nas­ton plant, is to join more than a thou­sand com­peti­tors from 77 na­tions at the WorldSkills Fi­nals which takes place from Oc­to­ber 14-19.

Tal­ented Team UK mem­bers have beaten off the chal­lenge from thou­sands of ap­pren­tices and stu­dents to rep­re­sent the UK.

Sam is to take part in the Mecha­tron­ics com­pe­ti­tion. He, and the 34-strong UK team, were due to head to a min­is­te­rial send-off at the House of Com­mons yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

WorldSkills UK, held ev­ery two years, is spear­head­ing the use of com­pe­ti­tion in the work­place, train­ing cen­tres, schools and col­leges to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion and fill the skills gap.

This year’s fi­nal is an ‘im­por­tant lit­mus test as to how well the UK will fare post Brexit with the rest of the world’. For more on the com­pe­ti­tion, visit world­skillsabud­habi2017.com

Pic­tured is Sam Hil­lier. Im­age cour­tesy of WorldSkills UK

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