Gareth Evans, who is the centre co-ordinator at Construction Wales Innovation Centre, has been appointed the WorldSkills UK expert for carpentry.
This highly coveted role will see Gareth join the WorldSkills UK training team for WorldSkills, the world’s largest international skills competition. Gareth will undertake this appointment alongside his role at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre, which is funded by the CITB and part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Gareth will take responsibility for training Cameron Nutt, an apprentice from Northern Ireland who will represent the UK in carpentry at WorldSkills, which this year takes place from 14 to 19 October in Abu Dhabi. During the event, Gareth will also be an international judge for the carpentry competition, which will see over 20 apprentices compete from many countries including Australia, South Korea and Germany.
To qualify for this position, Gareth, who himself won many national and international accolades as a competitor, had to demonstrate his knowledge and experience of teaching standards in construction both in the UK and internationally.
Commenting on his appointment, Gareth said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as the UK expert for carpentry. By competing in the WorldSkills competition, we are developing our apprentices’ skills to an international standard, equipping more young people to help UK business better compete globally. This WorldSkills role also allows me to promote the work of the Construction Wales Innovation Centre on the world stage, placing the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and CWIC amongst the top providers of world class construction training.”
Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive, WorldSkills UK said: “We are delighted to welcome Gareth on to the team UK training team. Participating in international skills competitions enables us to create medal winning, world-class role models who go onto inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps, improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education.”
Team UK will compete in 30 skills ranging from aircraft maintenance and mechanical engineering through to web design and cyber security at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
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