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FE Minister: WorldSkills unites countries under practical skills

Further Education Minister John Hayes believes that WorldSkills is good for individuals, good for the country and good for the world.

Speaking at the event, which will attract up to 250,000 visitors to London’s Excel Centre this week, he said: “Worldskills is a showcase of practical skills, everything from traditional to high-tech skills. I’ve seen everything from thatching to robotics.

“It showcases competences which have economic value, which have life-changing potential, which build successful individuals and communities, in an economy that works.”

Hayes believes that the event will not only transform the apprentices, but also touch all those who came to support them, and change their attitudes to vocational training.

“Its about bringing countries together, united in a shared understanding of the value of practical skills,” he said.

Rachel Salmon

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