Worldskills challenge for Rachel

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A young Galashiels decorator is hoping to secure the title of the world’s best young painter and decorator after being selected to represent the UK at WorldSkills.

Rachel Terras is gearing-up to compete in front of more than 150,000 spectators at the event, which takes place in London in October.

It is the world’s largest vocational skills contest and is often referred to as the Skills Olympics.

The 22-year-old will be the UK’s painting and decorating representative as she takes up her role in the 43-strong UK team for the contest.

Rachel, who is coming to the end of her studies at Borders College, was encouraged by tutor Barbara Hastie to enter skills competitions at an early stage, and is a veteran of the Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year Competition, where her outstanding performances led to her being invited to try for a place on the WorldSkills UK squad.

Rachel said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have got through, and to have got my place in the UK team. It’s good to know that all the hard work and effort I put into the training and assessment process has paid off.

“I can’t tell you how happy my mum was when I told her the news, and how proud all my family and my boyfriend are of me.”

Rachel’s bosses at McMillan Hotels are also very pleased with their apprentice’s achievements. A representative of the McMillan family said: “We’re delighted that Rachel, one of our team of decorators at Peebles Hydro Hotel, will be representing the UK at WorldSkills.

“Rachel is the kind of enthusiastic and hardworking young employee that every company hopes to find, and she is a great example of how skill and determination can lead to success in any field.

“As a hotel company, we employ many young people. It is always rewarding to see them make a success of themselves through their own hard work and effort. We wish Rachel every success in the competition and will continue to support her in every way we can.”