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Tresham selected to shine on global stage


National College for Motorsport

Tresham College of Further and Higher Education's National College for Motorsport will showcase the skills and expertise they have learnt for the Motorsport sector to a global audience next week when the UK plays host to the world's greatest skills competition, WorldSkills London 2011 at the ExCel Centre from 5th – 8th October 2011.

Tresham students have been selected out of hundreds of applications to demonstrate their talents at WorldSkills London 2011. With 150,000 global visitors expected, including some of the world's most highly respected skills experts, Tresham's National College for Motorsport will help show the rest of the world that Northamptonshire, as well as the whole of the UK and the official Team UK, excels at skills training. The National College for Motorsport, run by Tresham, will be demonstrating skills working with race cars they have developed at its dedicated centre located within the Silverstone Circuit. Two teams of students will take part in a ‘pit stop challenge' on a single seater racing car.

The event will see 1,000 young people (under 25) from across the world battle it out in 45 different skills categories to be crowned the best of the best.

Paul Fletton, Acting Principal at Tresham sees this as a chance for young people from Northamptonshire to have a place in history:
“The last time a WorldSkills competition was held in the UK was over two decades ago and so this really is a once in a generation opportunity for our learners. I am delighted that the excellent standards achieved by National College for Motorsport learners will be highlighted to such a prestigious national and international audience. To be part of an event which recognises skills at the very highest level is truly aspirational and I have every faith that our learners will rise to the occasion and help to put on a truly spectacular show."

John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, explains:
“As host nation, we have a vital opportunity to demonstrate how skills shape the lives of individuals and national life. […] we can show the rest of the world just how crucial skills are for fuelling growth and feeding prosperity."

Martin Doel, Chief Executive of Association of Colleges said:
“My congratulations go out to all of the colleges selected to showcase the best of the UK's skills at WorldSkills London 2011. It is a great opportunity to be demonstrating skills on behalf of the UK at the biggest skills competition in the world."

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