Andy goes for gold at WorldSkills in Brazil

Andy Smith, who is representing Team UK in mechatronics at WorldSkills S�o Paulo 2015.
Andy Smith, who is representing Team UK in mechatronics at WorldSkills S�o Paulo 2015.
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If you thought Brazil was all about next year’s Olympics, think again.

Andy Smith, who hails from Buxton, has jetted off to South America to represent the UK at the greatest vocational education and skills excellence competition in the world.

Over 40 of the UK’s most talented apprentices, students and employees will be going head to head with 1,000 individuals from across the globe at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

Each will be bidding to be named the best in the world at skills ranging from visual merchandising and electrical maintenance to bricklaying and jewellery making.

Andy, 21, who currently resides in Chester and works as a maintenance apprentice with Toyota Manufacturing, will be representing the UK in mechatronics.

He said: “I hope I can use this opportunity to inspire the next generation of the UK’s workforce and showcase how apprenticeships and training can lead to successful employment opportunities.”