Nicolle Finnie, 20, from East Renfrewshire, met with Paul Masterton MP to share her excitement at being the only chef selected to represent the UK at EuroSkills Budapest, Europe’s most important and prestigious skills competition.
Taking place from 26 to 28 September, the EuroSkills Competition will see teams from across Europe compete in a wide range of skills. Nicolle, who trains with City of Glasgow College and works for DRG, the Scottish independent restaurant chain, has achieved a place in Team UK. Team UK are 22 elite young apprentices and learners from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They will battle it out at EuroSkills to win medals in disciplines ranging from engineering to construction and digital to hospitality.
Paul Masterton MP said:
“A massive congratulations to Nicolle and all the members of Team UK on their selection. It is great to see another young ambassador for East Renfrewshire flying the flag for the area on a national stage. It was a pleasure to meet Nicolle this week and I wish her every success as she heads to the EuroSkills Competition.”
To secure a place in Team UK, Nicolle excelled in the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions, the finals of which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE.
Nicolle Finnie said:
“The selection process for Team UK was exhaustive but I am so passionate about cooking that I was determined to secure my place. I know the competition will be tough in Budapest but I’m determined to give it my all and make everyone back home proud of me.”
Governments and industry will be watching the Competition with interest as the event is used to benchmark skills in the UK with those in other European countries.
Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK, the organisation responsible for selecting and training Team UK to the highest international standard said:
“I offer my congratulations to Nicolle. This will be a life-enhancing opportunity for her and the other members of Team UK.
“After Brexit, our economic success as a nation will be dependent on our ability to close major trade deals and attract inward investment – and this will always hinge on demonstrating we have the people with the right skills, which is shown by our participation in the EuroSkills Competition.”