- Semta nominated for WorldSkills UK Partner of the Year 2011 –
6 October 2011
Semta, the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, has been nominated for WorldSkills UK Partner of the Year 2011.
This follows Semta’s significant contribution to the engineering and manufacturing competition categories and driving an uplift in entries in these categories. The Partner of the Year 2011 award winner will be announced at the WorldSkills UK Gold Awards Ceremony on 6th October at WorldSkills London 2011. WorldSkills is the world's largest international skills competition which opens its doors to over 150,000 visitors over four days (5th – 8th October) at London’s ExCel Centre.
Semta helped lead the development of a new competition category - Environmental Science - and is one of its official sponsors. The category is intended to raise skills and awareness in the science and engineering disciplines required to solve complex socio-economic issues such as climate change. It is aimed at those studying or recently completing relevant programmes in environmental science equivalent to S/NVQ level 3.
Since taking on responsibility for WorldSkills UK engineering competitions in 2008, sector skills council Semta has increased the number of registered competitors from 12 to 335. Semta works with WorldSkills UK to manage and facilitate the engineering categories within the competition, including Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering: CAD, Industrial Electronics, Mobile Robotics, Mechatronics, Construction Metal Work, Welding, CNC Milling & Turning. .
Philip Whiteman, Chief Executive of Semta said: “We are really proud to receive this nomination for WorldSkills UK Partner of the Year 2011, reflecting our work in dramatically increasing competition entries.
“Leading employers are supporting and competing in the event. It’s a great opportunity to convince potential recruits that industry careers are secure, stimulating and well-rewarded. I wish all Team UK the very best of luck.”
Semta research shows that 32,000 new employees will be needed across the UK engineering, manufacturing and science sectors each year between now and 2016 to cover retirements and industry growth.
Leading international electronics and electrical engineering company Siemens is backing WorldSkills as a Global Industry Partner and sponsor of hardware and software for automation and drives technology at the London event. Said Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens UK Industry Sector: “WorldSkills is a fantastic showcase for careers. Skills in manufacturing and engineering are in short supply, so we need to focus on vocational training and promote the sector’s image. We are delighted that Semta has received recognition for driving the message that manufacturing and engineering are a terrific career choice.”
Engineering competitors from across the UK have been battling it out through WorldSkills UK regional and national heats over the last two years. Final selection events revealed the winners who make up Team UK, Britain’s top engineering talent.
From colleges, universities and small and large employers, the confirmed engineering representatives between the ages of 18 – 25 representing Team UK are:
Jake Rambaldini (Welding), Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd
Phillip Spowart (CNC Turning), Rolls Royce PLC
Ross Varnam (Autobody Repair), Parker Motor Services
John Couldridge (Automobile Technology), Inchcape Honda
Darren Lewis (Mobile Robotics), Middlesex University
Puja Varsani (Mobile Robotics), Middlesex University
Andrew Fielding (Electronics), MBDA UK
Kai Burkitt (Manufacturing Team Challenge), BAE Systems
Rachel Carr (Manufacturing Team Challenge), BAE Systems
Sam Andrews (Manufacturing Team Challenge), BAE Systems
David Nicholl (CNC Milling), Schlumberger
Chris Downey (Mechatronics), Northern Regional College
Mark Maginty (Mechatronics), Russell Electrical Contractors
Ryan Sheridan (Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD), Motherwell College
Kerry McStea (Aircraft Maintenance), RAF
At the event, there will be an opportunity for visitors to practice a range of skills from electronics to plumbing, web design and fashion to cabinet making whilst top employers will be available, offering specialist careers advice to get people inspired and teach them about the world of skilled professions.
For event information, contact Semta customer services on T: 0845 643 9001 www.semta.org.uk