Eastleigh College student Steven Burge has been selected to represent Team UK in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at WorldSkills in Leipzig in Germany in July.
Mr Burge, an apprentice with Cosham Refrigeration, will join 30 other young people competing for the UK in a range of skills.
WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world, with 1000 young people, aged 18–25, competing for medals in more than 40 different skills.
Mr Burge said: “It is a huge honour to have been selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. It still really hasn’t sunk in! I hope I can use this opportunity to inspire the next generation of the UK’s workforce and showcase how vocational training can lead to employment.
“The next few months will be tough as I will be in training for the event and I hope the whole of the country gets behind Team UK like they did for our Olympic Team!”
Steven will undertake a training programme from now until the competition in July supported by his employer and a training manager, Mark Forsyth, from Coriolis International.
Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “Those representing the UK at WorldSkills will play a hugely important role in promoting the value of vocational skills and practical learning to young people, parents and employers.”