Festo appointed as first Premier Partner from industry

Festo Didactic have been appointed as the first Premier Partner from industry for the WorldSkills 2011 competition, during a celebratory reception held at 11 Downing Street.

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Festo and City & Guilds – the UK’s leading awarding body for work-related qualifications – are the first two sponsors to confirm pledges of substantial funding for the event.

Gary Wyles, Managing Director of Festo Ltd, who was present at the reception, said, “Obviously Festo is pleased to be supporting this vital opportunity to showcase the skills of young engineers in UK based manufacturing. It was particularly pleasing to see the level of commitment to the event from the UK Government. For manufacturing in particular, the continuous development of vocational skills from school years into employment is critical in ensuring that UK industry can continue to compete in global markets.”

WorldSkills is a not-for-profit organisation, established specifically to raise the status and standards of vocational skills and training. Founded in 1953, it currently has 48 member nations. The WorldSkills competition is held every two years and is now one of the largest skills competitions in the world. This year, the competition will be held in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and in 2009 it will be held in Calgary, Canada.

The Downing Street reception celebrated the successful bid for the 2011 WorldSkills competition to be held in London, which was spearheaded by UK Skills. Chris Humphries, Chairman of UK Skills and Director General of the City & Guilds London Institute, publicised the latest plans for the event and the need for employers to become engaged so that the UK produces a record number of medal winners in 2011. Hosted by the Treasury, the reception was attended by a large number of business, education and government leaders. On behalf of the Government, John Healey MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was keen to specifically thank Festo and City & Guilds as the first two premier partners, on their commitment to vocational training.

About the WorldSkills 2011 competition
In 2011, the UK will host the WorldSkills competition in London. More than 1000 competitors from 50 countries are expected to take part in the four-day event. Skills competitions such as this encourage young participants, tutors, trainers and employers to stretch their aspirations and accomplish more than they ever believed possible. They also improve the public perception of vocational skills and can help put entire communities on the map. For more information, please visit: www.worldskillslondon2011.com

About City & Guilds
City & Guilds (www.cityandguilds.com) is the UK's leading awarding body for work-related qualifications, awarding 1.3 million certificates to learners each year on over 500 subjects ranging from hair and beauty to catering and management. There are currently 1.9 million people working towards a City & Guilds qualification.  The City & Guilds Group comprises the Institute of Leadership & Management (management and leadership awards), NPTC (land-based awards) and the Hospitality Awarding Body (catering and hospitality awards).


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