Mori Seiki sponsors WorldSkills 2011 machining challenge

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Five UK finalists from across the UK will be competing with the best young engineers in the world at the WorldSkills 2011 machining events in London from 5—8 October, using Mori Seiki X-Class CNC machines.

As a silver sponsor of WorldSkills, Mori Seiki is supplying 24 of its latest X-Class machines for use in the CNC turning, CNC milling, and manufacturing team challenge categories. Jemtech is supplying cutting fluids for the machines alongside, technical support. Steve Finn, vice president Mori Seiki UK, explains that this is the third time that Mori Seiki has supported the WorldSkills event, which it sees it as a showcase for what can be achieved by young people. "Skill shortages are a worldwide problem and we need to get young people back into apprenticeship and graduate schemes," comments Finn. "WorldSkills is a great platform for encouraging people to take up vocational training." He also points to Mori Seiki's exchange and training programmes, which are geared towards developing language skills, building an appreciation of the roles of other departments, understanding cultural differences and instigating technology transfer programmes. BAE Systems employee Sam Andrews who, with Rachael Carr and Kai Burkitt, is part of the WorldSkills manufacturing team challenge, says: "A vocational career is a fantastic opportunity as it gives you the skills and knowledge, not only within your role at work, but also with your life. And she continues: "Being involved with international competitions raises my profile around my company and within the industry. Also … I can see how other companies work within other countries." Meanwhile, Schlumberger's David Nicholl, who is competing in the CNC Milling category, comments: "WorldSkills will help me to develop my skills and it will be a good stepping stone for furthering my career." "The driving ambition and determination of the UK entrants is an inspiration for all young people in their careers," comments Mori Seiki's Finn. "WorldSkills shows the value of vocational training and promotes the sharing of technology and best practice. We are privileged to be able to help young people understand the opportunities available and to achieve their goals."