Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will come together at Loughborough University from 6 to 7 February for their first official training and development event.

The members of Squad UK were selected at The Skills Show 2015 after excelling in the finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions. 

The event will be delivered by WorldSkills UK and the UK Experts in each skill, Loughborough University and Pearson TQ Education and Training.  The two day programme will focus on assessing and developing the key attributes of each competitor including problem solving, team work and leadership, all of which are key characteristics of a successful WorldSkills competitor.   

Following this training session, the members of Squad UK will undertake further skills training and assessment during February and March.  The technical skills of each competitor will be assessed by the UK Experts who are responsible for delivering the technical training programme for each skill.

The members of Squad UK who will progress to phase four of the training and development programme for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced in April.  

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 takes place from 14 to 19 October, 2017 and is the world’s largest international skills competition.  At the last WorldSkills Competition which took place in São Paulo, Brazil in August 2015, the UK was listed seventh in the WorldSkills rankings after winning three Gold, four Silver and two Bronze Medals.  The UK was also awarded 24 Medallions of Excellence, given to those competitors in Team UK who reached the world class standard in their skill.

Follow @worldskillsuk for the latest updates on Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 including all the pictures from their first training event.

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