Students to represent the UK at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016


A Computer Aided Design (CAD) student from New College Lanarkshire has been selected to represent the UK at a European skills contest.

Betsy Crosbie, 20, from East Kilbride will compete in the Mechanical Engineering: CAD category at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016 .                             

Taking place from 1 to 3 December, EuroSkills brings the most talented young people from over 30 European countries together to compete in over 35 different skill areas ranging from engineering and construction through to creative and hospitality. The competitors all have one aim – to win a Gold medal in their chosen skill and prove they are the best in Europe.

Betsy was selected after excelling in the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK competition held in November at Birmingham NECC Arena.

She competed in Mechanical Engineering: CAD and brought home a silver award for her performance in the category.

Now Betsy will join other members of Team UK to go on to complete an intensive training programme, supported by her trainer and lecturer Barry Skea.

She said: “I am really pleased and excited to be going to Euro Skills – it means a lot to be selected after putting in a lot of work for WorldSkills UK.

“The College and Barry have been really supportive and I hope I can make them proud.”

Barry Skea, Assistant Head of Faculty for Engineering and Automotive, said : “Betsy has demonstrated a high level of skills excellence and consistency throughout the selection process.

“She has used the knowledge and skills developed on the HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design course and a great deal of determination to be good enough to be selected to represent the UK at Euroskills 2016.

“We are very proud of her achievement to date and are sure that she will achieve an excellent result in Gothenburg.”

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Our findings have shown that skills competitions enable apprentices to develop and build on the skills that businesses are crying out for. By entering international competitions, we can benchmark the employability skills of our apprentices with those from the rest of Europe, ensuring more young people are being equipped with the right skills to help UK businesses better compete globally.”

Betsy and fellow competitors taking part in EuroSkills will also go onto compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills, the largest international skills competition, which takes place every two years. The next WorldSkills Competition will take place in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 19 October, 2017.

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