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Four NI students selected for Team UK in WorldSkills 2017 being held in Abu Dhabi Posted on 28/04/2017 00:00:00 32 students have been selected to represent Team UK in the 2017 Worldksills finals. The event, which is held every two years, will be hosted in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. We are delighted that 4 students from NI have been selected for the team.
About Worldskills

The first 32 members of Team UK for this year’s WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi have been announced. A decision on two further skills for the international competition is to be announced in May 2017.  Team UK will fly to Abu Dhabi in October to compete against young people from 76 countries, in more than 50 different skills, ranging from aircraft maintenance and mechanical engineering, through to restaurant service and cyber security.  Those chosen for Team UK have gone through a two-year qualification battle with the best UK has to offer in each discipline, giving up most of their weekends and evenings to hone their skills. They’ve excelled at regional heats, a national final, the European finals, and last month jumped the final hurdle, facing the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown in Manchester.

Team UK will undergo a rigorous regime of Olympic-style training in preparation for the most intense week of competition imaginable, at an event dubbed the “Olympics of skills”. Of the team going to compete in Abu Dhabi, 13 represented the UK at EuroSkills Gothenburg in December last year, where the team brought home two golds, one silver, two bronzes and eight medallions of excellence.

At the last WorldSkills in Sao Paulo in 2015, Team UK finished overall seventh in the medal table, ahead of favourites France and Germany – bringing home three golds, four silvers, two bronzes and 23 medallions of excellence. One of the Gold Medals was won by Gary Doyle from SRC.

This year’s global event will be the first time that a Middle Eastern country will host WorldSkills, although Abu Dhabi itself is no stranger to skills competitions. The 44th WorldSkills will be held in the Adnec, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, a venue that has hosted both the Emirates skills competition and the Gulf Cooperation Council regional skills competition. It is one of the largest exhibition centres in the Middle East, at 133,000 square metres, or the size of around 20 football pitches.

Date of the finals

The event will take place on 14-19 October 2017 when temperatures can hit 43 degrees centigrade (in England the temperature will be a milder 12 degrees). But the heat isn’t going to be a problem for any competitors from colder countries, according to Simon Bartley, the president of WorldSkills International. Mr Bartley commented “I’ve visited the venue in the middle of summer, winter, spring and autumn and I can tell you that the centre where the competition is being held is fully air conditioned. It will be perfectly fit for running a competition.”

4 NI students on Team UK

  • Armondas Tamulis, Wall and floor tiling, Southern Regional College
  • Cameron Nutt, Carpentry, North West Regional College
  • Adam Ferguson,  Landscape Gardening,  College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise
  • Andrew Gault, Automotive Body Repair, Riverpark Training

A representative from SRC commented:

"Congratulations to our Tiling student Armondas Tamulis who has been selected to represent Team UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi this October. Armondas, from Portadown, will go into competition against tilers from across the World as he attempts to gain the Gold medal. Armondas studied Level 2 and 3 Tiling at SRC's Greenbank campus and has been mentored every step of the way by SRC Tutor Paul Doran.  At the last WorldSkills Competition, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015, the UK achieved its best ever result and was ranked seventh in the medal table. SRC student Gary Doyle brought home Gold from Sao Paulo in Plumbing, and we have every faith Armondas will do the same!"


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