Richard Miller, who lives in Motherwell, took home gold in the IT Support Technician, Advanced Level from the WorldSkills UK event in November 2013.
He represented New College Lanarkshire at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, where he was awarded a Medallion for Excellence in IT Network Systems Administration.
Richard studied HND Computing: Networking at the Motherwell Campus of New College Lanarkshire.
Here is an interview he gave to WorldSkills UK.
How did you get interested in your skill?
I have always been very interested in computers, this has grown to a deep interest in all things network-related from server systems to system security.
How did you first find out about your Member organization and its programs?
My college recommended that I enter the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions and I competed in the finals at The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event. I was then asked to compete for a place in Squad then Team UK for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.
Who influenced you to pursue your skill as a career?
Since I started my skill I have always wanted to do it as a job. My lecturer also recommended to me that I look at expanding my skills into security.
What is your experience in participating with your Member organization?
As part of my training for Squad and Team UK I have worked closely with my Training Manager Kevin Large on a varied training programme including training all over the UK. This has helped me build me confidence and expand my skills.
Describe your most memorable moment so far with WorldSkills?
Getting into Team UK!
Did participating in the skills competitions and training for WorldSkills help you progress in your skill?
Training for WorldSkills has helped me advance my career by giving me access to training programmes that I would not have been able to complete, raising my skills levels.
What are your future career aspirations?
I would like to be the lead system admin for a large internet exchange or data centre such as LIX.