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Markus is a step closer to representing the UK at WorldSkills London 2011

A Foundation Degree Fashion Interpretation and Practice student from New College Nottingham (ncn) has been invited to attend training ahead of the selection process for the team that will represent the UK at the international WorldSkills competition in London next year.

Markus Wernitznig, 18, won his place on the shortlist of talented young fashion designers after scooping a gold medal at the WorldSkills UK Made to Measure fashion design competition in June.

The biennial WorldSkills international competition is the largest vocational skills event in the world, where young people from more than 50 countries come together to compete in over 40 different skills. The team that represents the UK at WorldSkills London 2011 will be selected and managed by UK Skills, who will support Markus through the final selection process.

Markus spent a week at the world-renowned London College of Fashion as part of a programme of specialist training, to help him prepare for the WorldSkills London 2011 fashion competition Squad UK selection event in November. Over the summer he will receive further tuition.

Geoff Hall, ncn Principal and WorldSkills UK Champion, said: “Markus has considerable talent and he showed discipline and commitment throughout the competition. I am confident he will grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity with both hands.”

“WorldSkills London 2011 will bring world class vocational talent to the UK and is a fitting platform to showcase our highly skilled young people who are poised to become the vocational stars of the future,” he added.

Victoria Mawhinney, WorldSkills UK and EuroSkills Training Manager & International Expert, said: “The judging panel was extremely impressed with the standard of Markus' work in the initial stages of the competition, but it takes a very dedicated and motivated student to perform to gold medal winning standard under the intense pressure of live competition. His commitment paid off and the quality of the final garments showed exceptional skills. I look forward to working with him over the coming year of preparation.”

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