Nearly 150 young people are one step closer to taking on the world’s best, having been listed among the WorldSkills UK squad.

The names of most of those who will begin training with the aim of representing Team UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017 were announced on Saturday night at the closing ceremony for the Skills Show in Birmingham.

Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive of Find a Future, which manages the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills competition, said: “I offer my huge congratulations to every young person who has secured a place in Squad UK at The Skills Show 2015.

“By competing in the WorldSkills Competition, the UK is able to share best practice in apprenticeships, further education and skills with countries around the world, raising standards on a global scale.”

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The young people who have earned a place on Squad UK are worthy ambassadors and demonstrate how high quality apprenticeships and technical training can be a fast-track to a top career.

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