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Liberal Democrat News 7th October 2011

October 6, 2011 2:21 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Showcasing our young people's skills

This week, Nick Clegg officially opened WorldSkills, the biggest skills competition in the world.
More than 1,000 competitors from around the world attended the opening ceremony at the O2 arena, kick starting the greatest skills competition, jobs and careers event in the UK's history with featured performances from young people across the country.

Speaking at the event, Nick Clegg said:

"This is an opportunity for the UK to showcase to the rest of the world the excellence that exists in vocational training here.

This is a hugely important event, celebrating disciplines that don't always get the attention they deserve, but that are hugely important in modern life.

"Your talents touch millions of people, in every country, every single day - these are the skills that really make the world go round. You are all instrumental in building a better future."

Increasing the number of apprenticeships and vocational training is a key part of Liberal Democrat plans to rebalance the economy - 250,000 more apprenticeships will be created by this government.

WorldSkills 2011 will feature over 1000 competitors from 53 nations and will attract around 150,000 visitors. There will be 46 skills competition zones covering everything from hairdressing, mobile robotics, virtual welding, patisserie and brick-laying.

The WorldSkills competition is at the ExCeL in London until tomorrow and features young people competing to be the best of the best in 46 skills. Team UK is entering its largest ever team, with 43 competitors competing
in 38 skills.

Aidan Jones, chief executive of WorldSkills London 2011 said: "It's an honour to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister to the opening ceremony. There has never been a more important time to show the UK that skills shape our world and that the future success of Britain's businesses depend on a highly skilled workforce. We hope that WorldSkills London will demonstrate to the world how talented young British people are."

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