Five UK finalists from across the country competed with the best young engineers from around the globe in the WorldSkills 2011 machining events in London in October. Aimed at promoting vocational skills, the competition brings together over 1,000 young people from 50 countries, competing in 45 categories. As a Silver sponsor, Mori Seiki supplied 24 of its latest X-Class CNC machines for use in the CNC Turning, CNC Milling, and the Manufacturing Team Challenge categories.

This is the third time Mori Seiki has supported the WorldSkills event and it sees it as a showcase for what can be achieved by young people with the correct encouragement and support. Steve Finn, vice president Mori Seiki UK says, “Skill shortages are a worldwide problem and we need to get young people back into apprenticeship and graduate schemes. WorldSkills is a great platform for encouraging people to take up vocational training.”

As a technical partner to Mori Seiki for WorldSkills, Jemtech supplied cutting fluids for the machines and technical support for its products. Managing Director Steve Coull said: “WorldSkills is an opportunity for us to give something back to young apprentices, as they will be the engineers of tomorrow.”

Finn said: “The driving ambition and determination of the UK entrants is an inspiration for all young people in their future careers. WorldSkills shows the value of vocational training and promotes the sharing of technology and best practice. We are privileged to be able to help young people understand the opportunities available and to achieve their goals.”