Student Betsy Crosbie meets MP ahead of EuroSkills competition


A skills champion from New College Lanarkshire has been congratulated by Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.

Betsy Crosbie met her local MP after being chosen to represent the UK at Europe’s largest skills competition.

She was selected after winning a silver medal at WorldSkills UK in Birmingham in November 2015.

The 20-year-old from East Kilbride will travel to Sweden in December to compete in Mechanical Engineering CAD at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016.

The meeting gave Betsy, a student of HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design (CADD) at our Motherwell Campus, the opportunity to champion apprenticeships and vocational training for young people from all backgrounds.

Betsy said: “If you had told me when I first started studying that I would be selected to represent my country on the European stage, I wouldn’t have believed you. My training has opened so many doors for me.

“Meeting Dr Cameron and hearing that she, too, is passionate about promoting apprenticeships and training has shown me that by working together we really can ensure that all young people are fully informed about the opportunities available to them.”

EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016 takes place from December 1 to 3 in Sweden.

EuroSkills brings together the most talented young people from around 30 European countries to compete in 35 different skills areas ranging from engineering and construction to creative and hospitality.

Betsy is currently undergoing an intensive training programme supported by lecturer Barry Skea, who is the WorldSkills UK Expert for Mechanical Engineering CAD, and her employer Energetics.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP said: “Betsy is a great example of just what you can achieve with a high quality training programme.

“She is passionate about ensuring all young people are fully informed about the career options open to them and so am I.

“As she prepares to compete at the EuroSkills Competition I want to wish her the very best of luck.”

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, said: “By using the knowledge gained from competing at the EuroSkills and WorldSkills Competitions, we know we are working to international benchmarks that will ultimately equip more young people to help UK business better compete globally.”

Following the EuroSkills Competition, Betsy will go on to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the world’s largest skills competition.

Martin McGuire, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Lanarkshire, said: “Our students demonstrate tremendous dedication and commitment when they succeed in skills competitions such as this.

“Betsy is a very driven and talented student who has shown she has the ability to compete on an international stage.

“We wish her luck in competing at EuroSkills and will be supporting her every step of the way in her journey to be selected for Abu Dhabi next year.”

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