Andrew Beel, 22, a medal- winning technical designer with Pacson Valves in Dundee, has called for all candidates standing for election to the Scottish Parliament to show their support apprenticeships by signing the WorldSkills UK Pledge.
By signing the Pledge, signatories will show they are committed to promoting apprenticeships to young people from all backgrounds, equipping them with the right skills to help the Scottish economy remain competitive now and in the future.
Representing Scotland as part of Team UK at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, the world’s largest international biennial skills competition, Andrew was awarded a Medallion of Excellence for reaching the word class standard in Mechanical Engineering CAD.
Andrew Beel said: “Training has opened so many doors for me. Not only can I say I am the best technical designer in Scotland but I am one of the best in the world. I want all young people to have the same chances that I had, that’s why I am asking all candidates to sign the Pledge.”
Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “We have seen just how talented young people like Andrew are as a result of their success in our competitions. However I strongly believe that more needs to be done to show young people, whatever their background, the training and career opportunities that an apprenticeship can offer them. We will work with those who sign the Pledge to champion world-class apprenticeships for young people in Scotland.”
If you would like to send a powerful message that skills and young people’s opportunities matter, please tweet your support to @worldskillsuk #skillswork.