WorldSkills win for Ballyclare student

Ballyclare student David Cargill (right) pictured with fellow mechatronics team member James Overend from Bellaghy. INNT 29-501CON
Ballyclare student David Cargill (right) pictured with fellow mechatronics team member James Overend from Bellaghy. INNT 29-501CON
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A Ballyclare student was part of the Northern Ireland team which triumphed at the global skills competition, WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

The team won a bronze medal and six Medallions of Excellence as part of Team UK.

David Cargill from Ballyclare, a student at the Northern Regional College in Ballymena, is employed by Schrader in Antrim. He picked up a Medallion of Excellence in mechatronics - a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering.

David and five other Northern Ireland students won Medallions of Excellence in a range of disciplines including mechatronics, car painting, wall and floor tiling, plastering and joinery.

The honour is awarded to competitors who reach world class level in their skills discipline.

After four days of intense competition, Team UK, who are all aged 18 - 25, won two gold, one silver, three bronze medals and 17 Medallions for Excellence in skills ranging from bricklaying and aircraft maintenance to floristry, beauty therapy and hairdressing.

More than 150,000 spectators from across the world gathered in Leipzig from July 4 - 7 to watch 1,000 young people from 50 countries compete to be the best in the world.

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry congratulated the local students on their individual success, and for their role in the overall Team UK medal haul.

“This is an outstanding achievement not only for the young people, but also for their families, employers and tutors who have supported them throughout their training and during WorldSkills, and I want to congratulate them all on their awards,” he said.

“This success is testament to the high standards of technical and professional training in our colleges and the commitment to excellence shown by our young people. Northern Ireland has once again demonstrated on the world stage that we have a talented workforce with the high level skills which keep us competitive in the global economy.

“All nine Northern Irish members of Team UK deserve the highest of praise for their achievement,” Dr Farry added.

Many of the Team UK members were invited to compete in the selection process for the team after excelling at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions.