George Hollingbery MP shows his support for young engineer who will fly the flag for the UK in Russia

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery met with apprentice Tom Andrews, who works at Sonardyne International, to wish him luck as he gets ready to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Competition which is taking place this summer in Kazan, Russia.

Tom, 20, who also attends Alton College as part of his Foundation Degree in Engineering, will compete in Electronics at the international WorldSkills Competition, known as the ‘Skills Olympics’.

George Hollingbery said:

“The very best of luck to Tom in the competition. It is vital the UK promotes the very best skills across a wide range of industries if we’re to continue to compete globally at the highest level.

“I look forward to hearing about Tom's experiences when he returns.”

The UK will compete in 32 technical skills at the WorldSkills Competition, which will see over 1000 young people from 60 countries travel to Russia to compete.  Members of Team UK, including Tom, are trained by WorldSkills UK for the Competition and this preparation includes both technical skills and mind-set training as they get ready to compete in front of 100,000 global visitors at the Competition in Russia.

Tom Andrews said:

“I am really excited about being part of Team UK.  It’s been tough fitting my training around my work and study, but knowing I have such great support from my local community including George has really spurred me on.  I am determined to do everyone proud in Russia and show just how talented the young people of the UK are.”

The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings, following its medal winning performance at the last Competition held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.  Working with Governments, businesses and education organisations, WorldSkills UK uses the international insight it gains from competing internationally to inform skills policy and development in the UK to raise standards.  

WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will take place from 22 – 27 August in Kazan, Russia.  Follow Team UK’s progress on social media using @worldskillsuk


About WorldSkills UK 

WorldSkills UK is a partnership between business, education and governments.  We work to accelerate the development of young people’s skills from national to world-class standards. We’re creating a new generation of high flyers that give UK employers a competitive edge.

For 66 years, WorldSkills UK has been a leading player in WorldSkills International. This global movement brings together 78 countries to organise the biennial ‘Skills Olympics’. We have a track record of success and have been in the top ten in the WorldSkills global benchmark for the past ten years. 

We help young people think about their futures by delivering experiential careers events and deploying high-achieving young role models to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Our flagship event, WorldSkills UK LIVE, is the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event.

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