Two young people from Cornwall are preparing to represent the county at the national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competition.
The event, which takes place in November at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, is an opportunity for students and apprentices from all over the UK to compete to represent the UK in the World finals in 2019.
WorldSkills UK is a partnership between businesses, education and Governments that accelerates young people’s careers, giving them the best start in work and life.
Louise Wilson from Leedstown who studied the YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training at Cornwall College Camborne said she “thoroughly enjoyed” the course and “is in the process of establishing a new fitness business called Elemental Fitness Cornwall”.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in fitness and for a long time wanted to be a trainer,” she continued.
“I entered this competition really as a learning tool to help me with my development and to challenge me both mentally and physically.
“To find out that I’ve been chosen to represent Cornwall in the UK National finals is just amazing, it’s really exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”
Claire Attenbury, Cornwall College Camborne, Tutor Sports and Fitness said Louise had shown “remarkable progress”.
“She has a deep passion for her subject and has worked exceptionally hard,” she continued.
“I am thrilled that she has got through to the finals and we all wish her the very best of luck.”
Also attending the UK finals is Tom Pearce from Helston, who is an apprentice for Rozen Furniture. Now on his final year of his Level 3 Apprenticeship Furniture and Cabinet Making course at Camborne, Tom had previously represented Cornwall in last year’s WorldSkills competition.
“This is the second time that I have attended the UK finals, last year was my first year and I came away with a highly recommended for my category,” he said.
“It gave me some valuable insights into what goes on during the event and this time I hope to be leaving with something, but the competition is always tough and you have to be at top of your game.”
Alan Pearce, Manager, Rozen Furniture added, “Tom is a talented apprentice and during his time with us has become an integral team member. He clearly has a passion for working with wood and his academic qualifications together with his practical skills and hard work preparing for the competition,
“should stand him in good stead to come back victorious. We wish Tom all the very best in the competition”.
Joseph Kennedy, Cornwall College Camborne, Tutor Furniture Making said Tom has “demonstrated yet again that he has the right skill set and knowledge”.
“Over the past year he has produced some brilliant work and he’ll be a great candidate for these UK finals,” he added.
Cornwall College who are the Cornwall’s leading provider of construction trades has enjoyed great success at both the regional and national WorldSkills competitions.