Not only is Rachael Carr proud of her career, she’s proud of the fact that her progress in a field she loves has been made on her own terms.
Starting her Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at 16 she joined UK defence, aerospace and security leader BAE Systems in 2006 on a three-year technical apprenticeship. More than a decade down the line, she is now a senior systems engineer – and someone whose WorldSkills experience and enduring belief in vocational skills makes her an ambassador for learning a trade and following a dream.
As someone who works in the construction industry, Daniel Carlberg is only too aware of the importance of building from a solid foundation.
And that principle applies to the 23-year-old Swede’s own career progression, which has been accelerated by his success at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, where he earned a Medallion for Excellence in Bricklaying.
Daniel says it’s “almost impossible” to fully relate all the ways his life has changed since his WorldSkills participation, but is adamant that his rapid career development over the last two years is due to the Competition enabling him to grow as a person.
As Evelyn Piros rises up the ranks in the hospitality industry, she pinpoints her experience of skills competitions as the catalyst for her checking into a new career.
Having started out as a receptionist with Nordic Choice Hotels – one of Scandinavia’s top hotel chains – the 24-year-old has swiftly moved on to become a company trainer and, from this summer, a deployment coordinator. And Evelyn credits the silver medal she claimed in the hospitality category at last year’s EuroSkills in Gothenburg for giving her impetus and elevating her ambitions.
“It’s taught me to trust my own judgment in different decision-making processes,” she explains. “I’ve come to the conclusion that, if you can’t beat fear, do it scared!”
Preparation is the catalyst for performance – and that’s why a squad of talented young people from Portugal have been getting first-hand experience of what the world’s largest vocational skills competition will involve.
The team that will represent Portugal at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 gained an insight into the tools and mindset required for success through the first of two week-long intensive training sessions ahead of the prestigious celebration of skills in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in October.
Competitors, Experts, and organizations gathered at one of the country’s top vocational training centers, in the city of Oporto, for a five-day preparation course that aimed to reproduce what the WorldSkills Portugal team will encounter in Abu Dhabi.
When Will Torrent had his first taste of WorldSkills a decade ago, it set him on a culinary course that would lead to celebrity chef status.
In the 10 years since Will competed in Pâtisserie and Confectionary at WorldSkills Shizuoka 2007, he has worked with some of the culinary world's most famous faces – including Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal – become a consultant to leading supermarket chain Waitrose and a familiar TV face. He has also released three bestselling cookbooks, with a fourth on the way.
Whatever he has on his professional plate, however, he ensures the menu includes active support for WorldSkills, which he credits with giving him the “confidence and determination” to push his personal boundaries and grasp opportunity.