First UK renewables entrant to WorldSkills announced

Danny McBean, an engineer from Elgin, Scotland, is joining Team UK at WorldSkills Lyon 2024.

Danny, a former apprentice who trained at UHI Moray and SECTT, now works for Grants Dufftown Ltd.  He will be the first person to represent the UK in Renewable Energy at WorldSkills Lyon which takes place from 10 -15 September.

WorldSkills UK, a four nations partnership between education, industry and UK governments, is responsible for selecting, mentoring and training Team UK.

Just like their sporting counterparts, Team UK has been training hard for this once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country in their chosen career.  Danny’s training is overseen by Chris Turnbull, a WorldSkills UK Training Manager who works for Didactic Services Ltd.

The UK has been taking part in the WorldSkills Competition since 1953 and the event is used by governments around the world, economists and global business leaders as a litmus test to measure preparedness to optimise future economic growth.

WorldSkills Lyon 2024 will host over 1500 young people from 65 countries, who will compete in 62 different skill disciplines. 

On being selected for Team UK, Danny said:

It’s the first time that Renewable Energy has been represented at the international WorldSkills competition – so I am a pioneer. It’s nice to be the first to compete in such an important sector and raise the profile of career opportunities among young people.

Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Luke Hal, said:

Best of luck to our remarkably talented competitors at this summer’s “skills Olympics”.

WorldSkills is an excellent opportunity to prove on the global stage that we have built a world class skills and apprenticeship system. I am hoping for a podium sweep from our apprentices and students in Lyon.