If you thought Brazil was all about next year’s Olympics, think again. Alex Elton aged 20 from Nuneaton is competing to be named the best young CNC Turner in the world and win Gold at the world’s largest skills Competition, WorldSkills, taking place in São Paulo, Brazil from 11 to 16 August.
Alex Elton an apprentice at MNB Precision has been selected to represent Team UK in CNC Turning after excelling in Squad UK and the WorldSkills UK National Skills Competitions, the finals of which take place at The Skills Show.
WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world. Held every two years, the Competition sees around 1000 young people, aged 18-25, from all over the world come together to compete for medals in more than 45 different skills including Electrical Installation, Welding, Web Design, Cooking and Bricklaying.
By participating in the WorldSkills Competition, the UK is able to share best practice on vocational teaching, raising standards and expertise in further education, skills and apprenticeships on a global scale. Team UK will showcase the UK’s world class vocational and further education system by demonstrating their skills in a range of industries at the Competition.
Carole Stott, Chair, Find a Future, which manages the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills Competition said: “I offer my congratulations to every young person that has earned a place in Team UK.
“Skills competitions showcase the levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through high quality further education, skills training and apprenticeships in the UK. Through skills competitions and the wider work of Find a Future we want to provide every young person with the chance to unlock their potential and get excited about the world of work.”
Luke Benton, Director at MNB Precision said: “Alex is a talented young man and we at MNB feel very proud that Alex can show case his skills at such a prestigious event. Alex rubs shoulders with some of the best precision engineers in the country when he clocks in every morning here at MNB. He has learnt a lot with the guys here so it is not a surprise that someone with his ability has reached the heady heights of The World Skills competition.”
Alex said: “It is a huge honour to have been selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. It still really hasn’t sunk in! I hope I can use this opportunity to inspire the next generation of the UK’s workforce and showcase how apprenticeships and training can lead to successful employment opportunities. I would also like to thank MNB Precision for their continued support throughout my journey so far. Since moving to their new premises on Binns Close, Coventry I have been able to progress my skills further and look forward to a successful career with them working in their new world class facilities.”
Team UK will be celebrated at this year’s The Skills Show. Register now at www.theskillsshow.com .
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