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A Scottish college student is one of 20 apprentices and students heading to the Polish city of Gdańsk later this year for the prestigious EuroSkills Finals.

To secure his place in Team UK, Nathanial has been through an intensive selection process including taking part in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions. In Poland he will be one of 600 young professionals from across Europe whose skills will be under the spotlight.

Designed by industry experts, WorldSkills competitions aim to help young people grow personally and professionally by developing their technical and employability skills and boosting their confidence.

Last November, Edinburgh College hosted the finals of the WorldSkills UK national competition for construction, where more than 80 finalists demonstrated their skills in specialities such as stonemasonry, joinery and bricklaying. During the two-day finals over 500 school pupils and students attended a special visitor experience zone and the College welcomed VIP guest including the Education Minister and the Kenyan High Commissioner.

Sharon Drysdale, SFC’s Deputy Director of Work-based Learning and Skills said: “WorldSkills competitions are incredibly important as they showcase high-quality education and skills and place our colleges and students at the centre of a global stage. As well as celebrating excellence they also promote continuous innovation and improvement.”

“It’s an incredible achievement to get to the Euroskills finals and I wish Nathanial and all of Team GB the very best of luck.”

Competitors who impress in Gdańsk could see themselves representing the UK at the ‘skills Olympics’ in France in 2024.

More information on Team UK and the EuroSkills Finals is available on the WorldSkills UK website.