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The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be taking place in Abu Dhabi in October 2017 and Schlüter-Systems has announced their sponsorship of the UK tiling team.
The WorldSkills Competition is a flagship event: held every two years, it is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, which truly reflects global industry.
A total of 72 member countries and regions will be taking part in the competition, showcasing the very best talent their country has to offer in 50 skills ranging from floristry to tiling. With over 1,200 competitors and tens of thousands of visitors it will certainly be a spectacular event.
Schlüter-Systems has been the market leader in essential accessories for tile and stone since it was founded in 1966. With over 10,000 products in its range, Schlüter-Systems provides second-to-none edge protection, complete system-solutions and dedicated technical support, to ensure perfect protection and decoration to any tiling project.
Offering detailed training programmes Schlüter keep specifiers, installers, and resellers up to date with modern trends and new technology, safeguarding the longevity and integrity of installations. They also offer the latest training to other training course providers and lecturers running TTA-accredited NVQ tiling courses, Intermediate Construction Award, Advanced Construction Award, and Experienced Worker Route schemes for tilers.
Andrew Curry, Training Manager for Schlüter-Systems Ltd explain: “Understanding and knowledge of our products enables quicker, more efficient and effective installations. Being committed to excellence in training, we work in partnership with many organisations, including The Tile Association, Stone Federation Great Britain, and RIBA.
“We are proud to be sponsoring the UK Squad, WorldSkills is a great way of exchanging latest industry innovations and best practices and Schlüter-Systems have chosen to support the UK Tiling team as a commitment to the industry and will also be offering free training to the team in advance of the competition; we wish the team the very best of luck.”
The three competitors for the UK Squad have been selected from the finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions and are announced as, Jack Radford from New College, Nottingham and Kieran Magee and Armondas Tamulis both from Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland.
The competitors will be trained by Paul Doran, a lecturer at Southern Regional College and in March next year they will compete for the one place to represent the UK in Wall and Floor Tiling at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Paul Doran, UK Expert for Wall and Floor Tiling said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Schlüter-Systems Ltd and we will work with them to deliver a comprehensive training programme for Squad UK. The competitors have a challenging journey ahead of them as they prepare to take on the best tilers in the world but they are determined to show just how talented the UK’s apprentices are.”
Representing the best of their peers, the Squad UK members demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tiling related challenges.