At WorldSkills’s General Assembly, hosted this year by WorldSkills Ireland in Dublin, it was announced that the following people have been recognised for their ongoing commitment and support to global skills development:

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann, former WorldSkills UK Chief Executive and now Chief Executive at The Whitehall & Industry Group.

Mike Swan, WorldSkills UK Training Manager for Painting and Decorating and lecturer at Dundee & Angus College. 

Shane Mann, Managing Director of LSECT and publisher of FE Week.

Neil was made an Honorary Member of WorldSkills in recognition of his work with his international colleagues to champion equity, diversity and inclusion to help more young people from all backgrounds succeed. 

Mike was honoured with a WorldSkills Certificate of Merit in recognition of his success as a Training Manager and his wider work in helping to establish the WorldSkills UK High Performance Coaching Programme.

Shane was honoured with a WorldSkills Certificate of Merit in recognition of his commitment in championing the work of WorldSkills UK and WorldSkills.  FE Week is the media partner of WorldSkills UK, and its reporters have followed Team UK around the world, including most recently at Gdańsk, Poland, reporting on their success.

Parisa Shirazi, Director of Standards, WorldSkills UK said:

“Congratulations to Neil, Mike and Shane on their recognition from WorldSkills.  We are truly grateful for their ongoing support and commitment, and the support of our wider network.  Working together we are able to raise standards in apprenticeships and technical education through international benchmarking.

We look forward to continuing working with them, and our wider network, as we prepare to compete at WorldSkills Lyon in France next September.”

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