South America skills final beckons for top apprentice Mike

August 01 2015

ENGINEERING apprentice Mike Watson is heading for Brazil after winning a place in the UK squad for WorldSkills Sao Paulo.

ENGINEERING apprentice Mike Watson is heading for Brazil after winning a place in the UK squad for WorldSkills Sao Paulo.
Mike, 21, of Westerleigh, secured the trip after three days of intense competition at a selection trial, having already excelled in the WorldSkills UK national event.
He was one of two apprentices from GKN Aerospace in Filton to be chosen to travel to South America for what is the biggest international skills competition in the world.
It is held every two years and involves some 1,000 young people from around the globe competing for medals in more than 40 different skills.
Mike and Steven Castle were selected in the computer numerical control (CNC) milling category and since their selection last summer, have spent a further 11 months training for the final.
Mike said: “Being selected is an incredible honour and something I’ve been working towards for more than two years. I have spent every spare minute training for the competition and I’m determined to give it my all.”
Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall met Mike ahead of the final to give his congratulations and wish him well.
Mr Hall said: “Mike is an inspiration to future generations of the UK’s workforce. His achievements prove that apprenticeships can lead to great opportunities and successful careers for individuals and businesses.”
WorldSkills Sao Paulo runs from August 11-16 and as well as the competition, will give Mike and his team-mates the chance to meet others to learn about and share best practice in vocational teaching.