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World's Best Young Apprentice
A Calderwood graduate is heading to Brazil to showcase his skills and compete against some of the best young apprentices in the world.
Andrew Beel is in the final stages of training with a UK team for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, which is due to take place next week.
WorldSkills is the world’s largest international skills competition, where approximately 1200 young people come together to compete for medals in more than 40 skills, ranging from aircraft maintenance to cooking.
Andrew (21), a former student at New College Lanarkshire who now works as a draughtsman at Pacson Valves based in Dundee, will compete in Mechanical Engineering: CAD.
He will join 39 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners to compete against teams from around the world at the WorldSkills event.
Andrew said: “Having the chance to attend such a prestigious event is something I never expected when I started at New College Lanarkshire.
“Representing the UK in an international competition is a massive personal achievement, which wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support from the college.
“I have been training hard and I’m confident that I have enough experience to do well in São Paulo.”
The graduates were recognised after competing in WorldSkills UK, where New College Lanarkshire was named ‘Best in the UK’ title after it topped the medals board for the second consecutive year with 11 of its students receiving awards for their outstanding work.
Over the course of four days, Andrew will be required to demonstrate exceptional technical ability in both individual and collective tasks, in accordance with the international industry standards in their chosen skillset.
Martin McGuire, principal at New College Lanarkshire, said: “We are always proud to see our graduates go on to achieve great things, so having two of them representing the United Kingdom in a worldwide event is a fantastic accolade for the college.
“WorldSkills is a prestigious event which attracts the highest calibre of talent from all over the world – offering a unique experience for our graduates to showcase their skillset.”
Martin added: “Andrew is an exceptional example to current students at the college, showing how much can be achieved with the right attitude, motivation and resources that New College Lanarkshire can provide.
“Staff from the college continue to support Andrew in his training for the event, which reveals the true dedication of the college to its students past and present.
“I wish them both the greatest successes at WorldSkills 2015 as they go on to represent their country and New College Lanarkshire.”
The 43rd WorldSkills Competition will take place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from August 12 to 15.