Talented young engineers from across the North East will pitch
their skills against each other later this month to be in with a
chance of representing their country in the world's biggest skills
Young plumbers, electricians and heating and refrigeration
engineers from across the region will be going head to head in the
North of England heat of the Skill M&E competition on May 30 at
Winners of the UK competition, organised by the sector skills
council for building services engineering, SummitSkills, have the
chance to go on to the largest international skills competition in
the world, WorldSkills.
This is the first time that Gateshead College will host the
event and the only time all four competitions will take place at
the same venue. The event will see 34 of the North East's top
mechanical and electrical engineering students battle it out at the
Team Valley-based Skills Academy for Construction. The North of
England event is one of only six regional competitions taking part
across England, Scotland and Wales.
Tracy Ashcroft, Head of Group for Engineering and the Built
Environment at Gateshead College said: "It's fantastic that we have
been chosen to host this prestigious competition and we are
delighted to be welcoming the competitors to our purpose-built
"This is an important event which showcases the results of the
hard work and effort of the individual competitors and highlights
the dynamic training being delivered by colleges and employers.
"The Gateshead College Skills Academy for Construction
encompasses some of the best training facilities in the country for
plumbing, gas and electrical installation and engineering.
"We're excited to be part of this year's event and would like to
wish all of the competitors the very best in their preparations for
Skill M&E consists of four skills competitions,
SkillELECTRIC, SkillFRIDGE, SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE, that seek to
find the finest mechanical and electrical engineers in the building
service engineering sector. During the one day competition entrants
will be assessed on a series of practical tests reflecting
day-to-day work. Winners of the regional heats will be invited to
compete in the UK grand final to be held in November at The Skills
Show at the Birmingham NEC.
The UK winners could then go on to the WorldSkills competition
to be held in Leipzig, Germany in 2013.
The competition was founded to promote high quality skills and
technical abilities across the building services sector. For those
competing it can bring invaluable benefits as they become
recognised for their exceptional skill while their employers can
enhance their business reputation and improve the skills of their
"We are delighted that Gateshead College expressed an interest
in hosting our skills competitions. It's an ideal competition venue
that has excellent on site facilities. We are very grateful to the
college for their support and look forward to four successful
competitions," says Neil Collishaw, head of competitions and awards
The Skills Academy has recently seen the completion of a £7.5
million extension which, along with the high quality teaching, make
it the North East's first choice for anyone wishing to study
towards a career in the building services sector.
While at the Skills Academy the competitors and their tutors
will have the opportunity to see the specialist new green training
facilities for renewable energy technologies which have placed
Gateshead College at the forefront of green training in the UK.