Graduates carry the hopes of UK in Brazil

Richard Miller
Richard Miller

Two graduates of New College Lanarkshire have been chosen to represent the United Kingdom at an international skills event in Brazil.

Motherwell man Richard Miller and Andrew Beel from East Kilbride have been training to take part in Worldskills Sao Paulo 2015, the largest international skills competition in which 1,200 young people come together to compete for medals in more than 40 skills.

Richard will specialise in IT Network Systems Administration while Andrew will compete in Mechanical Engineering: CAD.

They will join 39 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners to compete against teams from around the world at the WorldSkills event.

The two graduates were recognised after competing in WorldSkills UK, where New College Lanarkshire won the ‘Best in the UK’ title after it topped the medals board for the second consecutive year with 11 of its students receiving awards .

Over four days, Richard and Andrew will be required to demonstrate exceptional technical ability in individual and collective tasks.

Richard said: “Having the chance to attend such a prestigious event is something I never expected when I started at New College Lanarkshire.

“Representing the UK in an international competition is a massive personal achievement, which wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support from the college.

“I have been training hard and am confident that I have enough experience to do well at São Paulo.”

College principal Martin McGuire added: “We are always proud to see our graduates go on to achieve great things and having two of them representing the United Kingdom in a worldwide event is a fantastic accolade.

“Andrew and Richard are an exceptional example, showing how much can be achieved with the right attitude, motivation and resources that New College Lanarkshire can provide.”