WorldSkills Team UK take a bow – and soak up the applause


Semta plays a pivotal role in the selection and training process of our bright young engineers  – running the regional and national selection process – providing the energy, encouragement and inspiration to go for gold.

The class of 2015 – travelled to Sao Paulo with hope in their hearts – but the daunting prospect of measuring their mettle and taking on the very in the World.

The white-hot heat of technology burned bright during four days of fierce and frenzied competition – across dozens of disciplines – under the gaze of hundreds of thousands of spectators and cameras from every corner of the World.

But our boys and girls didn’t buckle – they sucked up the pressure – and pushed on to immortality.

They emerged near the very top of the tree – with the best haul of medals ever.

The Semta Group had many reasons to celebrate.

Ten of Semta’s 12 strong team won medals in and engineering disciplines with 8 of them having studied for an EAL qualification.

Top of our tree was aircraft engineer, Shayne Hadland, from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire won Silver and was awarded Best in Nation.

Among those that had privilege to witness the wonders was our very own national treasure Steph McGovern.

The BBC Breakfast Business Correspondent, an engineer in her own right and ardent supporter of skills – took annual leave and paid for her own flights in order to ensure that she was there in person to shout about our success.

“I was busting with pride – as we raised the roof at the closing ceremony.

“I wouldn’t have missed it for the World” said Steph – “without doubt it was the most extraordinary week which the whole nation should celebrate.

“Team UK is an inspiration to the nation – and point the way for the next generation to follow in their footsteps.

“These brilliant young people should be iconic – and household names across the country. The country’s future is in their hands.”

Now Semta is already well down the route of preparing for the next WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Here’s to our next big successes.

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