Schlüter-Systems, the market leader in essential accessories for tile and stone, has announced its sponsorship of the UK tiling team for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. 

Kieran Magee and Armondas Tamulis, both from Southern Regional College in Northern Ireland, were selected to train for the WorldSkills Competition after excelling in the WorldSkills UK / SkillBuild Wall and Floor Tiling National Competition.

Andrew Curry, Training Manager for Schlüter-Systems Ltd said:  “We are proud to be sponsoring the UK team.  WorldSkills is a great way of exchanging latest industry innovations and best practices and Schlüter-Systems have chosen to support the UK Tiling team as a commitment to the industry and will also be offering free training to the team in advance of the competition; we wish the team the very best of luck.”

Kieran and Armondas will be trained by Paul Doran, a lecturer at Southern Regional College.  In March next year they will compete for the one place to represent the UK in Wall and Floor Tiling at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Paul Doran, UK Expert for Wall and Floor Tiling said:  “We are extremely grateful for the support of Schlüter-Systems Ltd and we will work with them to deliver a comprehensive training programme for the competitors.  They have a challenging journey ahead of them as they prepare to take on the best tilers in the world but they are determined to show just how talented the UK’s apprentices are.” 

Competing in the WorldSkills Competition enables the UK to share best practise in apprenticeships, further education and skills with countries around the world, raising standards on a global scale.  

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “We look forward to working with Schlüter-Systems to train the competitors in preparation for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 and we thank them for their generous support. 

“By using the knowledge gained from competing at WorldSkills, we know are working to international benchmarks that will ultimately equip more young people to help UK business better compete globally.” 

The UK is currently seventh in the WorldSkills rankings after winning three Gold, four Silver and two Bronze medals at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

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