Team GB announced for WorldSkills London 2011

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Young British engineers have been fighting it out in regional and national heats across the country over the last 24 months to gain a place in the UK's team for what has become known over many years as the Skills Olympics.

WorldSkills London 2011 will feature the best students, apprentices and employees from around the world on 5-8 October. From colleges, universities and employers of all sizes from across the UK, the confirmed engineering representatives between the ages of 18 – 25 making up Team UK are: Jake Rambaldini (Welding), Doosan Babcock Energy Phillip Spowart (CNC Turning), Rolls Royce Ross Varnam (Autobody Repair), Parker Motor Services John Couldridge (Automobile Technology), Inchcape Honda Darren Lewis (Mobile Robotics), Middlesex University Puja Varsani (Mobile Robotics), Middlesex University Andrew Fielding (Electronics), MBDA UK Kai Burkitt (Manufacturing Team Challenge), BAE Systems Rachel Carr (Manufacturing Team Challenge), BAE Systems Sam Andrews (Manufacturing Team Challenge), BAE Systems David Nicholl (CNC Milling), Schlumberger Chris Downey (Mechatronics), Northern Regional College Mark Maginty (Mechatronics), Russell Electrical Contractors Ryan Sheridan (Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD), Motherwell College Kerry McStea (Aircraft Maintenance), RAF WorldSkills attracts over 1,000 competitors from 51 countries and regions to compete in 45 different skill areas. With an audience of 150,000, it aims to recognise the essential contribution that vocational skills make to both economic success and individual fulfilment. Since taking on responsibility for WorldSkills UK engineering competitions in 2008, sector skills council Semta has helped increased the number of registered competitors from 12 to 334. Semta chief executive Philip Whiteman said: "WorldSkills is a fantastic showcase for careers in science, engineering and manufacturing. These are the skills that shape the world. Leading employers are with us in supporting and competing in the event. We are urging other employers to visit and see the benefits of investing in skills."