Lewis Newton will be one of 22 elite competitors in Team UK who will be heading off to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest between the 26th and 28th September.
He will be competing against teams from across Europe in the web design skills category.
The 18-year-old said: "I am over the moon with the result - it feels great knowing all the hard work has paid off and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this point. I really cannot believe I get the chance to represent the United Kingdom doing something I am passionate about and am so excited to have the chance to go to Budapest and compete with Team UK against 27 other countries. It truly is an honour to be selected to participate in such a prestigious event - the whole experience has really changed my life and I now feel so much more confident with my work. This will be something I will hold with me forever."
He also gave credit to his lecturers for the support they have given him, adding: "They gave me that additional push I needed to test myself and try something new. This was the very first time I was able to apply the skills I learned outside of my college work and so they really helped set a solid foundation for me to broaden my knowledge. Without them, I would not be where I am now."
Lewis, who is studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, won gold in the web design category.
Principal and CEO of Highbury College, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE said: “The exciting news that Lewis has been selected to represent the UK in Budapest is a testament to his hard work and dedication. We are all extremely proud that Lewis will have the opportunity to compete with the best young web designers on an international stage and be able to showcase his exceptional talents. Highbury College has a long-standing association with WorldSkills, and I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone selected to represent their country in EuroSkills 2018.”
European Policy makers, educators and industry partners will attend the event, along with an expected 80,000 spectators.
Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains Team UK to the highest international standard, added: “This will be a life-enhancing opportunity for these remarkable young people. Team UK are the embodiment not only of the kinds of traits and characteristics that we should aspire for in a young workforce, but for the UK Government’s ambitions for Global Britain too. They are leaders of their generation – and will inspire many more to walk in their footsteps.”