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Nine target awards at vocational skills contest

Nine young people from Northern Ireland from a plasterer to a mechatronics expert are set to compete at a global event celebrating vocation skills.

WorldSkills, which attracts crowds of around 200,000, is the largest international vocational skills competition and will be held in Leipzig in Germany from July 4 to 7.

The apprentices will join the rest of Team UK to compete against 1,000 young people from across the globe for the world title in 46 disciplines.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: "It is very telling that Northern Ireland, which accounts for less than 3% of the UK population, accounts for nearly 30% of Team UK.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the young people to demonstrate to the world that Northern Ireland has a workforce with the high levels of skills and training required to compete in the global economy."

Northern Ireland's nine finalists will demonstrate prowess in wall and floor tiling, plastering and dry wall systems, joinery, carpentry, landscape gardening, autobody repair, car painting and mechatronics.

Belfast Telegraph