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Former Solihull apprentice ready to showcase skills on world stage

Solihull Editorial 18th May, 2024   0

A FORMER Solihull apprentice is going for gold at the WorldSkills Lyon 2024.

Harry Scolding has been selected to represent Team UK at the event, dubbed the ‘skills Olympics’ in September.

The former Bench Joinery Apprentice from Solihull College and University Centre excelled at last year’s Euroskills competition, finishing in the top 5 in his category, and now runs his own company – HDS Joinery.

He is part of the team following in the footsteps of the College’s sporting Olympic stars, which includes talented young apprentices and students who will compete at WorldSkills Lyon 2024 in September.

All aged under 25, the members of Team UK will be competing in disciplines including cyber security, renewable energy, digital construction, cooking, hairdressing and painting and decorating.

WorldSkills UK, a four nations partnership between education, industry and UK governments, is responsible for selecting, mentoring and training Team UK. Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is the official partner of Team UK for WorldSkills Lyon 2024.

WorldSkills Lyon 2024 will host over 1500 young people from 65 countries, who will compete in 62 different skill disciplines.

Harry’s former tutor, Arron Ward, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to watch Harry grow and flourish, both as a student and a competitor.

“His drive and enthusiasm have made him a joy to teach.

“As his tutor, I couldn’t be prouder of his achievements so far, and I have every confidence that he will continue to shine in the world finals in Lyon.”

Max Whitlock, triple world and Olympic champion gymnast, six-time Olympic medallist and former BTEC student said: “Huge congratulations to the remarkable ‘skills Olympians’ selected to represent the UK at the upcoming WorldSkills competition.

“Their passion and hard work will guarantee that UK skills will shine bright on the global stage this September. My support goes out to every member of Team UK as they prepare to take on the world in Lyon.”



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