High flyer heads for Euro finals

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A talented New College Lanarkshire graduate heading to Europe’s largest skills contest with the UK’s best young apprentices and students has been urged to ‘Do Your Country Proud’ at a rousing Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons.

Former Mechanical Engineering: CAD student, Ross Megahy, joins 21 of the country’s elite apprentices and students to form Team UK to compete in the EuroSkills finals in Budapest (September 26-29) to face the best of the best from across the Continent.

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP, invited Team UK to the House of Commons for a send-off, saying:

“You are the future, you are representing the country – and doing us proud.

“We are moving to a world where it’s not about where you come from, or whether you went to university – but what skills you can offer to an employer and help them become more productive.

“Visiting the WorldSkills Competition last year was probably the most mind-blowing experience of my life. It’s about endurance and fortitude – when you get there don’t let anything get in your way – you are the best.”

Dr. Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and accelerates Team UK with intensive training, mentoring and elite competitive experiences, told Ross and the rest of the team on the Terrace of the House of Commons that the country is approaching a significant moment.

He said: “Team UK go and do your country proud – this is a momentous moment for our nation!”

“With Brexit now only months away, we need to benchmark our young people’s skills against the best of the rest of the EU. It’s only through putting our young people to the test in a time-pressured environment against the highest of specifications that we’ll know whether we are developing the skills levels we need in the UK to boost productivity, compete economically and attract inward investment to help create jobs into the future. And it’s through investing in our young people that we will grow these skills to the advanced levels we need.”

Since winning a gold medal with New College Lanarkshire at WorldSkills UK in 2016, Ross has spent two years intensively training on his subject – Mechanical Engineering Design: CAD - winning regional and national competitions as well as vigorous team selection processes to reach international standard.

He said: “Since winning Gold at last year’s WorldSkills UK it’s been non-stop training and I am so delighted that it has paid off.

“It’s an amazing achievement to represent the UK, but the nerves have started to kick in as the task in hand is becoming more of a reality.

“I’m really looking forward to the whole experience and I’ll be working as hard as possible to bring a medal home.”

For more information about the upcoming EuroSkills competition, visit: http://euroskills2018.com/

For more information about New College Lanarkshire’s focus on skills, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/students/check-out-our-skills/worldskills-uk-success

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