3M sponsors global youth skills competition
9 June 2011
The biennial global event will involve more than 1,000 competitors, mostly aged under 22 years old, competing in 46 vocational skill categories from seven sectors ranging from creative arts and fashion to transportation and logistics.
At stake is the honour of being acclaimed the greatest in the world at their chosen skill.
After the 2009 competition, held in Calgary, Canada, the South Korean team topped the medals table and the UK ranked seventh. For 2011, Team UK is aiming high with entries to 30 skills competitions and a target for 10 medals overall.
3M has previously supported WorldSkills entrants by providing products for both training and competition purposes. This year, the diversified technology company is an official sponsor of the overall event.
The company’s decision to become a sponsor reflects both the diversity of 3M’s portfolio of more than 50,000 products and its wider commitment to the education agenda in the UK, particularly the teaching of the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.
John Klee of 3M commented: “The WorldSkills competition helps fuel the ambition of young people to practice their vocational skills in much the same way as the Olympics does for those with exceptional sporting skills. They are representing their country in their chosen field to compete against the very best in the world.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for them to achieve their personal ambitions for success and is a great inspiration for others. We are very pleased to give the competition our support.”
As well as the competitive element, the event being held 5-8 October at ExCeL, London, will act as an international showcase for the diverse range of vocational skills that young people use in their careers. Organisers plan to make the event as interactive as possible and there will be the opportunity to Have a Go at any of the 46 skills and trades on display. Around 150,000 visitors are expected to attend during the four-day period.
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