UK competitor appointed to WorldSkills Champions Trust

A Team UK competitor has been appointed to the international WorldSkills Champions Trust, making him its sole representative from the country and one of just 11 from around the globe.

Dan McCabe, who competed at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 in 3D Digital Game Art, is also the first person from that skill competition to join the trust, which is part of the international WorldSkills movement separate from the UK operation.

WorldSkills UK chief executive Neil Bentley-Gockmann has congratulated Dan, calling him a “brilliant member of the Team UK alumni” who will “help champion mental strength in young people as part of his work”.

McCabe himself has said: “So excited to have been appointed as a European representative for the WorldSkills Champions trust.

“As many of you know WorldSkills UK is a huge part of my life and who I am. So, this is an incredible honour to go global, becoming one of three European representatives and one of 11 representatives in the world.”

The other representatives are all former competitors and the trust was established as an advisory group to work closely with the main WorldSkills organisation.

The trust works to raise engagement among former WorldSkills competitors, who are known as champions, and promote involvement in WorldSkills projects, initiatives and activities.

McCabe will now have to go through “an intensive training camp” in early 2020.

It comes at a time of increasing demand for the trust’s help: WorldSkills said “increased requests for former and current Champions Trust representatives to speak at technical and vocational education and training events around the world demonstrates that WorldSkills Champions serve as an authentic voice of youth in the global skills debate”.

The current representatives will hold their posts for two years. A a new group will be selected in 2021.

It is the latest international win for Team UK after they picked up two gold medals, one silver, one bronze and 15 medallions for excellence at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in Russia earlier this year.

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