Two teenagers have made Hertfordshire proud of its engineering talent. Daniel Rowe and James Griffin emerged victorious in an intensive competition that involved more than 100 participants vying in 11 engineering disciplines. The two youngsters snatched the champion titles at WorldSkills UK and won the privilege to compete in the world finals, which will be held next year in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The engineering competitions within the WorldSkills UK portfolio are managed by Semta and are part of a project launched by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) in collaboration with industry and education sector partners. WorldSkills UK aims to shine a light on real talent and provide young people with the opportunity to reach greater heights through further education and apprenticeships. The competitions also bring talented youngsters to the attention of employers and allow organisations to share best practices. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the UK will have the necessary talent to sustain its economic growth in the future.
A shortage of engineering skills is among the problems most often cited as a threat to future growth. According to Semta chief executive Sarah Sillars, Daniel and James have achieved tremendous success and will hopefully go on to achieve even greater things. Their personal triumph can also become an inspiration for many young people, attracting them to the engineering profession. This will be extremely important for the country because the UK needs to ensure the future of its advanced manufacturing and engineering: two sectors that will underpin economic growth in the years to come, Sillars added.