27 Nov 2021

Derry student's success at WorldSkills 2019 celebrated

Event hosted by Department of Economy

Derry student's success at WorldSkills 2019 celebrate

Declan is pictured with his mum Noeleen and sister Nicole

A Derry student was one of four from the North who had their achievements recogised at a celebration event hosted by the Department for the Economy after being part of Team UK at the recent WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan.

The four local students and trainees competed alongside participants from more than 70 countries and regions throughout the world, in a variety of skills areas including Engineering, Hospitality, Professional Services, Construction and Information Technology.

Declan Porter, North West Regional College, competed in in ‘Automotive Technology’,

He performed extremely well in their respective competitions finishing well up in the merit order.  

Addressing the four competitors at the celebration event, Heather Cousins, Head of the Skills and Education Group at the Department for the Economy, said: “Congratulations to all four of our local members on Team UK - you should all be extremely proud of representing yourselves, your families, your organisation, and Northern Ireland with such distinction on the world stage.

“Skills competitions such as these are an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the professional and technical skills of local talent on the global stage and I am delighted that the hard work and determination of these young people has been rewarded.”

Acknowledging the time, dedication and effort that goes into preparing for such a prestigious international event, Heather continued: “I also want to pay tribute to the FE colleges, training organisations, training managers and lecturers, and to all those who have been involved in enabling the WorldSkills competitors to be the best that they can be.”

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