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Squad UK triumph at EuroSkills Spa 2012

Hot on the heels of Team GB’s success at London 2012 Olympics, the UK has shown its talent once again, this time winning seven medals at a European skills competition.

Squad UK, which is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service and consists of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employers and learners, competed at EuroSkills in Spa, Belgium, from 4 – 6 October.  All Squad UK members are aged 18 – 25.

The EuroSkills Competition sees Europe’s most talented skilled young people come together to compete in their chosen skill with the aim of winning Gold, Silver and Bronze. Squad UK won medals across five skills: hairdressing, carpentry, window display, painting and decorating and stonemasonry.

Jaine Bolton, Chief Operating Officer, National Apprenticeship Service said:  “Congratulations to Squad UK.  Their fantastic performance at EuroSkills Spa 2012 has shown how talented our apprentices and young people are.

"We want Squad UK’s performance at EuroSkills to inspire our young people, just like the Olympics did, and show them that Apprenticeships can lead to rewarding and successful careers.”

The National Apprenticeship Service manages the UK’s entry into WorldSkills and EuroSkills under the name WorldSkills UK.   By running WorldSkills UK National Competitions and entering international skills competitions, the National Apprenticeship Service is able to reward real talent and drive up levels of expertise in Apprenticeships, skills and further education.

For more information, visit the apprenticeships website.