Highbury College’s Dan Levings is among the UK’s Skills stars celebrating their success at WorldSkills 2015, the largest international vocational skills competition in the world, held in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The computing and IT student earned a Medallion of Excellence for web design after four days of intense competition against almost 1,000 of the world’s most skilled young people.

There to share in his success was Highbury Principal and Chief Executive Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, who said: “It’s always a pleasure and a privilege to see one of our students do so well. I’m delighted to have been able to attend such a fantastic event and very proud that Dan will be bringing home a Medallion of Excellence.”

Altogether, Team UK, whose members are all aged 18-25, picked up three Gold, four Silver, two Bronze medals and 24 Medallions of Excellence.

In a letter to each individual competitor, Prime Minister David Cameron was full of praise for their efforts.

“Team UK demonstrates how the best of our apprentices and vocational learners can compete at the highest international level,” he said.

“The skills they were competing in are vital for the long-term success of our economy. It is also important to remember that they are role models for the next generation of apprentices and vocational learners, who will be inspired by the team’s achievements in Brazil.”

Dan is currently studying for a Foundation Degree in Software Development at Highbury College Portsmouth, after successfully completing a BTEC in IT (both at Highbury).

He was among 41 individuals selected to compete in São Paulo, in 37 skills ranging from landscape gardening to web design and welding. All were chosen based on a high personal skill level, competitive attitude and maturity, and have all received performance training from experts who have previously worked with talented individuals including the British Olympic team and England Rugby squad.

Like many of the TeamUK members, he started his journey to Brazil when he entered the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions by competing in the national Skills Show finals, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, in Birmingham in 2013 and 2014.

To find out more about WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, visit http://worldskillsuk.org. Find a Future is the educational organisation which brings together WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions. Find out more at www.findafuture.org.uk.

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  • Date 28/08/2015