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Apprentice engineer wins gold at WorldSkills

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Apprentice engineer wins gold at WorldSkills thumbnailLuke Courtney from Donaghmore pictured with competition judge Mark Forsythe.

A YOUNG apprentice from Donaghmore has won a gold medal at the WorldSkills competition in Birmingham.

Luke Courtney is a ERC refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice and is also employed by Dunbia Ltd, Dungannon.

A total of 500 competitors competed against each other across 61 disciplines to test their skills in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the WorldSkills UK national competition held at the NEC Birmingham. This year, the Skills Show attracted more than 90,000 visitors.

Commenting on his win, Luke said: "This has been a good opportunity to learn and it's great to have on my CV. It also shows that my employer has provided me with the right training and experience. My hope for the future is to become a good qualified engineer and progress from there."

Commending the competitors and their mentors on their hard work and dedication shown in their area of expertise, SERC principal and chief executive Ken Webb said: "I would like to congratulate all the medal winners - indeed, everyone who made it into the national finals. WorldSkills UK is a great opportunity for the students to showcase and celebrate the skills and expertise they have gained whilst studying at the college.

“Their success is a credit to the lecturers and employers who have been supporting them in advance of the intense competition.

“I congratulate the young competitors and I look forward to seeing how many progress to the prestigious WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017."

WorldSkills not only encourages competitors to improve their own skills, but provides an example of the high quality work being produced in training organisations and colleges across NI. The test pieces are designed to challenge the ability of apprentices to follow detailed instructions, test skills within tight timeframes, and produce neat and accurate work - all essential requirements for today's working environment.

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