UWTSD's Gareth Evans visits Denmark for WorldSkills Training


Together with his competitor, Gareth Evans, the International WorldSkills judge for the UK, has visited the Tech College in Aalborg, Denmark.

Teams from many countries are currently busy training in preparation for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

WorldSkills aims to showcase a selection of the most talented young men and women during the event in Abu Dhabi from October 14 to 19.

The trainers and judges at this annual prestigious event are as important as their participants at WorldSkills. One of the judges is Gareth Evans from the UK. Besides being a trained carpenter, he is the Centre Coordinator at The Construction Wales Innovation Centre, part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Gareth was appointed one of several international judges for carpentry at WorldSkills, and is responsible for the training of Cameron Nutt, an apprentice from Northern Ireland and the UK's Carpentry competitor at WorldSkills 2017.

From August 14 to 18, Gareth visited Tech College Aalborg, Denmark.  His competitor Cameron trained with the Danish WorldSkills competitor - Jesper Sonne Norgaard. This training gave both the UK and Danish competitors a great opportunity to prepare for the competition in October.

Gareth himself has achieved a number of UK and International accolades as a competitor. He was chosen to be an Expert due to demonstrating the high-level of skills required at WorldSkills and from his experience of the teaching standards of Carpenters within the UK and Internationally.

Denmark is well-known for its high level of vocational education, having secured a Carpentry bronze medal won by Thorbjorn Stryger at WorldSkills 2015. This achievement amongst others frequently attracts foreign apprentices to Denmark.

Speaking about the visit to Denmark, Gareth said : "We hold Denmark’s carpentry training schools in high regard. During our time at the College we could share our experiences of past WorldSkills competitions, the techniques required to complete projects and also the tools and equipment required to make them with not only the competitors but also the excellent training staff at Tech College, Aalborg."

UK teams previously visited the Danish National Championship in Copenhagen during 2015 and found that the experience was very beneficial for their competitor's development. 

"We hope to continue our collaboration with Skills Denmark, working together to raise standards internationally," said Gareth.

During WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi 1,262 participants from all over the world will compete in 52 disciplines in becoming the world’s greatest talents within their respective fields of work.

In Carpentry, the UK is represented by Cameron Nutt. He will compete against apprentices from 19 other countries such as South Korea, Germany and Denmark.  Cameron, aged 21, is now in intensive training in readiness for the WorldSkills competition in October.

Thanks to Christian Riis Kistrup from the Advisory Board for Education and Training for the Building and Construction Industry, Denmark for this press release and the pictures. 

Further Information

For more information on the team see this link: https://www.worldskillsuk.org/worldskills-uk-competitions/international-competitions/worldskills-abu-dhabi-2017/meet-team-uk

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