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Young farriers achieve 2 Gold and 1 Silver at EuroSkills
Ben Casserly (21) from Uckfield and Ricky Hilton (22) from Welshpool, Powys have won gold and silver at EuroSkills 2008, the biggest European skills competition for young people. The result was announced following an intense three days of competition in Rotterdam in which they competed in the Farrier event as the UK team. The boys won the overall event Gold but in addition, as every competitor is also marked individually not only did the Farrier team win gold but Ricky was awarded an additional gold medal for achieving the highest score in the Farrier competition and Ben was awarded the silver medal for achieving the second highest score.
The boys were part of Team UK - a team of 16 young people representing the UK at EuroSkills and who achieved a fantastic eight gold medals and one silver medal in total.
EuroSkills is a new, pan-European, skills competition which was this year held from 18th-20th September in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Watched by around 40,000 spectators, the 400 competitors from 29 countries competed in 25 different competitions covering 49 different vocational skills.
Speaking from Rotterdam, Ben said on behalf of the boys: “Words really can’t describe how pleased we are with the results. The competition was tough and being up against the best Farriers in Europe adds a tremendous amount of pressure, but we’ve been training hard for this and managed to concentrate on the job at hand and doing the best we could. Competing at EuroSkills has been such a great experience and we’re just really happy we’ve managed to show the whole of Europe how talented the UK really is.”
Simon Bartley, Chief Executive, UK Skills said: “EuroSkills is creating a new platform enabling us to promote the incredible skills there are across Europe and to encourage skills development and vocational education. What Ben, Ricky and Team UK have done is proved that those skilled people live and work in our own country and should be celebrated for their ability.”
Celebrity chef and Team UK supporter, Brian Turner, said: “It is easy to forget about, or think less of, vocational education but without these skilled people so much of the things we enjoy or take for granted every day – driving to work in your car, enjoying a clean office, eating in a great restaurant for example - wouldn’t be possible. Skills will always matter to UK businesses and the economy, so it is incredibly important that we encourage other people to choose this route and praise those that work hard to achieve their very best in their chosen fields. I send Ben and Ricky my heartfelt congratulations on their success.”
Skills Minister David Lammy said: “Each of the young people in the team have worked hard to earn to the right to represent their country - and it was inspiring to see them competing against the brightest and best from countries all across Europe. The results reflect the unprecedented investment we have made in skills training in the UK, and I hope the success of Team UK will inspire others to pursue excellence in their vocational skill.”
The UK EuroSkills team is managed by UK Skills, in association with partners from education, government and industry. UK Skills is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to champion skills and learning for work through competitions and awards, and organises the UK’s entry into international skills competitions such as EuroSkills and WorldSkills. UK Skills is currently recruiting a Team UK for WorldSkills 2009, which will be held in Calgary and is looking for candidates to compete in WorldSkills London 2011, when the event will be hosted by the UK.
Team UK for EuroSkills 2008 is sponsored by Snickers Workwear which is providing the team uniforms.
To find out more about the team’s success or to learn more about how you can take part in the next competition visit www.ukskills.org.uk.
(received 4th September 2008)
Young Farriers to represent UK at EuroSkills
Ben Casserly from Blackboys, near Uckfield and Ricky Hilton from Welshpool, Powys, have been chosen to represent the country as part of a UK team which will be taking part in EuroSkills 2008 this September. As members of the UK squad of talented young people, Ben and Ricky will be competing in the Farriery event.
EuroSkills is a new, pan-European, skills competition which will this year be held from 18th-20th September in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Twenty-eight countries will be competing in 28 different competitions covering 46 different vocational skills, including IT, Cooking, Fashion, Cleaning, Automobile Technology and Hairdressing. Each team will face a tough three days of competition at the event, watched by an expected 50,000 spectators.
Ben said: “The selection was tough, but I knew that I had the ability to be able to win a place. I have already been training hard to get this far and I know there is lots more to come but I’m really excited about it. To be able to represent the country and my industry, at an event which showcases the best of Europe is a great feeling. I hope I will do everyone proud.”
The UK EuroSkills team is managed by UK Skills, in association with partners from education, government and industry. UK Skills is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to champion skills and learning for work through competitions and awards, and organises the UK’s entry into international skills competitions such as EuroSkills and WorldSkills. Team UK for EuroSkills 2008 is sponsored by Snickers Workwear which is providing the team uniforms.
Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills, said “The boys have certainly earned the right to be on this team but now is the time when the team will need to perfect their technical skills and prepare themselves for competing under tough conditions. They are going up against the most skilled young people Europe has to offer and that’s not an easy task, but we have every confidence in them and their ability within their chosen skill areas and I very much look forward to seeing them perform well in September.”
(received 7th Jan 2008)
EuroSkills is a new event for the promotion of the skilled workforce and vocational education by means of competitions, demonstrations and an extended communication programme. It covers some 40 professions from 9 trade sectors, and will take place in Rotterdam in Holland between 18 and 20 September 2008.
The UK has been invited to enter a two man team into the farriery competition, and Mr David Gulley FWCF has been appointed Team Manager. Competitors must be aged between 18 and 25, and may either be still under training or recently qualified. There is still some debate about whether farriers who have already been placed first, second or third in an international event will be allowed to compete. The Government funded UKSkills has agreed to pay travel and accommodation costs for competitors.
The two team members and a reserve will be selected at the Home International in March, and the final selection will be confirmed at the Royal Show in July. Team members and reserves will be expected to attend various training events, but as far as possible these will be combined with other competitions and events that they are already attending.
This is an excellent chance for the UK to show the rest of Europe what high standards of farriery there are in Britain. If you are under 25 and interested in competing in Euroskills make sure that you are entered for the Home International.