3rd August 2017
York College is proud to have a WorldSkills Trainer on the staff of the College’s Construction Division. Alongside his bricklaying tutor role at York College, Mike Burdett also has the role of WorldSkills UK Expert, which entails developing, training and mentoring bricklaying apprentices who are selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills; the world’s largest international skills competition.
Mike says: “I have the honour of training the most talented bricklaying apprentices in the UK. Representing the UK is no easy feat - it takes hard work, determination and the highest level of skill. My job is to help apprentices fulfil their potential and to showcase their skills on the world stage. WorldSkills is the world’s largest bi-annual international skills competition and this year WorldSkills takes place in Abu Dhabi (14th -19th October). With over 1,000 young people from 77 member countries and regions competing in 51 skills, from Bricklaying to Cooking and Cyber Security, it’s pretty impressive stuff!”
Team UK is managed by WorldSkills UK, the organisation responsible for helping young people from all backgrounds to go further and faster in their careers, through experienced careers events such as The Skills Show and other skills competitions, as well as digital careers advice, and productivity training.
Mike adds; “By participating in international competitions, WorldSkills UK is able to benchmark apprenticeship standards in this country, with those around the world. The competition also provides the UK with a much-needed global platform, promoting the skills we have as a trading nation. Currently the UK is ranked seventh in the WorldSkills rankings, after winning three Gold, four Silver and two Bronze medals, and 24 Medallions of Excellence at the last competition held in Brazil in 2015.”
Mike gets involved in sharing best practice at specialist training events around the world. He says: “I am fortunate to have the best job; working with talented bricklaying students at York College and sharing my years of experience with those representing the UK at the WorldSkills. I am grateful to York College for allowing me carry out the dual role, I know each compliments the other.”
Involvement in WorldSkills and WorldSkills UK enables Mike to develop world class skills with York College students and apprentices, providing high quality future employees to the local construction industry. Anyone interested in either hiring an apprentice, or becoming an apprentice should check out our current apprenticeship vacancies