Dr. Neil Bentley, of WorldSkills UK, commented, “On behalf of everyone at WorldSkills UK, I offer my congratulations to Robert Halfon MP on his appointment as skills minister. 

We look forward to working with him to continue developing world-class excellence in apprenticeships and technical training through our UK-wide skills competitions. 

The finals of the skills competitions at  the Skills Show followed by Team UK’s participation in EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016 and WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will provide an inspirational shop window for the very best of young British talent on a national and international stage.

With Mr Halfon’s support, I am confident that we will continue to reinforce the importance of a world-class workforce for the growth of UK business, inward investment and trade .

Thank you also to Nick Boles MP, the outgoing skills minister, for his support  and, in particular, his enthusiasm in celebrating the best-ever achievements of Team UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo in 2015.”

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