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PM visits Worldskills 2011

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Prime Minister David Cameron today visited WorldSkills London 2011 - the biggest skills Competition, jobs and careers event in the world.

After touring the event, ‘having a go’ at mobile robotics with Middlesex University and speaking to school and college children from across the UK, Cameron also met members of the largest ever Team UK.

The Prime Minister met Puja Varsani and Darren Lewis - both from London - who are competing in the Mobile Robotics Competition. He also spoke to members of the Manufacturing Team Challenge Kai Burkitt (from Stockport), Rachel Carr (from Poulton-le-Fylde) and Sam Andrews (from Preston).

Mr Cameron said:

I’m absolutely delighted that London is hosting the biggest WorldSkills Competition in its sixty year history.

Standing here is so inspiring. To see almost 1,000 young people from more than 50 countries competing to be the best of the best. Not just in one skill, but in more than 40 skills from robotics, to web design, from cookery to landscape gardening.

It’s great too for me that the UK is able to show off the skills and diversity of our own young people. What they have all achieved here sets a fantastic example for other young people.

Aidan Jones, Chief Executive of WorldSkills London 2011, welcomed the Prime Minister to ExCeL and said:

Skills shape our world and there has never been a more important time to hold WorldSkills in our country.  We are delighted that politicians and dignitaries from across the UK - and indeed the world - have joined us here to recognise the very best young talent in key skill areas.

An expected 150,000 spectators and skilled participants will join international business leaders and politicians in attending across the four day event at ExCeL London - taking place over an area the size of ten Wembley football pitches until Saturday.