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Skilled young talents celebrate global medal success

Stephen Farry congratulates medallists Jonathan Gill, Chris Bailie, Rebecca Wilson, Adrian Canning and Gary Doyle

Some of the north's brightest and skilled young talents are celebrating medal success on a global stage

The WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil showcased young workers in trades including plumbing, landscape gardening and refrigeration.

A gold medal was awarded to Gary Doyle, a plumbing student at Southern Regional College.

Silver medals were awarded to Jonathan Gill in landscape gardening, a former student at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise and Chris Bailie, a refrigeration student at South Eastern Regional College. Rebecca Wilson, who trained at Riverpark Training, won a bronze medal in car painting.

In addition a medallion for excellence was awarded to Adrian Canning in electrical installation, a former student at North West Regional College.

Employment and learning minister Dr Stephen Farry said the success was testament to the high standards of technical and professional training in colleges.

"Northern Ireland has once again demonstrated on the world stage that we have a talented workforce with the high level skills which keep us competitive in the global economy," he said.

Gerry Campbell, Chief Executive of Colleges Northern Ireland added: "Representing the nation on the world stage is no easy feat. It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill. Our students have been preparing over the last two years from competing in college level, local and regional events.

"Our consistent high performance in WorldSkills is a clear indicator of the world class levels of teaching and training in our FE colleges. It is important that we celebrate the achievements of our successful young people who have put NI on the map."

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