Rachel to decorate UK skills contest squad

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A YOUNG Borders craftswoman is to represent the UK at an international competition and has scooped a Scottish award, writes Sally Gillespie.

Apprentice painter and decorator Rachel Terras has won a place in the UK team competing at Worldskills London 2011. The squad was announced by further education minister John Hayes at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference in Birmingham recently.

He said: “The young people competing in Squad UK are living proof of the standards of excellence found in our vocational learning programmes and are fine examples of the talented, dedicated and committed apprentices we have in this country.”

Rachel is an apprentice at Peebles Hydro Hotel and trains at Borders College. She was also highly commended at the Scottish Building Federation’s James Birnie Award ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers recently. The award is Scotland’s only national construction industry apprenticeship award and celebrates the skills acquired by dedicated, talented apprentices within the construction industry.

For next year’s Worldskills competition, Rachel has been chosen as one of the top 90 student apprentices in the country, all aged between 18-24 and all of whom were chosen by UK Skills after taking part in a tough selection of competitions over the past year.

Rachel and the rest of her squad will now spend the next year preparing to take on the very best from 50 nations in more than 40 skills during WorkSkills London 2011 next October.