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Cosham Refrigeration's Steven Burge selected to represent UK at WorldSKills

Eastleigh College student wins place in Germany in July to compete for rac skills world title

Steven Burge, aged 20, has been selected to represent Team UK in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 after battling it out over four days of tough competition.  

Steven, an apprentice with Cosham Refrigeration will join 30 other young people in a range of skills Team UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.  He will compete against the best young rac engineers from across the world.

Taking place from 2 – 7 July in Leipzig, Germany, WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world.  The event sees 1000 young people, aged 18 – 25, competing for medals in more than 40 different skills including Electrical Installation, Welding, Bricklaying, Cooking and Landscape Gardening.

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 successful employment opportunities. 

“I know the next few months will be tough as I will be in training for the event and I really hope the whole of the country gets behind Team UK like they did for our Olympic Team!”

Steven will undertake an intense 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 importance and value of vocational skills and practical learning to young people, their parents and employers.  I offer my congratulations to every member of the team.”

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