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Local Heroes

Meet the people behind our inspirational young competitors

WorldSkills UK Competitions help young people from all backgrounds Go Further, Faster in their training and chosen careers. Each year, thousands of young people are registered to take part in our competitions and our Local Hero Awards celebrate the achievements of the amazing professionals who make this possible.

Meet our Local Heroes

Our 2018 Local Heroes

Winner: David Frizell – Refinish Tutor, Riverpark Training

David was praised for striving to ensure all Refinish students at Riverpark Training get the opportunity to compete in local, national and international WorldSkills UK competitions. Every year, he supports his competitors and has given up many of his Saturdays to help his competitors. Riverpark Training has had fantastic success at national and international levels and this has been driven by David and his phenomenal passion for students to Go Further, Faster.

Shortlisted nominees

Nicola Rees – Food Service Instructor and Tutor, Gower College Swansea

Colin Galley – Chair of Regional Inclusive Skills Competitions, New College Durham

Judith Larsen – Cisco Lecturer, Bedford College

Lee PriestlyLecturer, Fife College

Mehmet Karamanoglu – Head of Department EIS, Middlesex University London

A huge thank you to all our Local Hero nominees – you are vital for helping WorldSkills UK and our young competitors to succeed.

2017 Local Heroes

2017 Local Heroes

Every year, thousands of young people are registered to take part in WorldSkills UK Competitions, but their participation is only possible through the support of committed Local Heroes who promote the benefits of competitions to students, apprentices and senior management. These Local Heroes also give their time to competitors, putting on additional training for competitors and offering pastoral and moral support.

Winners are announced at the prestigious National Finals Medal Ceremony at WorldSkills UK LIVE - giving our young Competitors an opportunity to thank these fantastic individuals for all their support and dedication.

Meet our Local Heroes