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Lisburn bricklayer cements his place in UK WorldSkills squad

A YOUNG City and Guilds qualified bricklayer from Lisburn has been selected as a member of Squad UK for the World's largest international skills competition, WorldSkills 2011.

Philip Green is a student at Belfast Metropolitan College and employed by DG Green and Sons in Lisburn. He is one of 12 young men from Northern Ireland who has been chosen for the Squad by UK Skills after competing against the best young bricklayers from across the UK at selection competitions last month.

Worldskills 2011 will be held in London in October next year.

Philip will now begin an intense training programme with fellow Squad UK members, all of whom are aged 24 and under. He will be supported by a dedicated Training Manager, who will help him prepare for the selection of the Team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills, which will be announced next June.

He said: "The competition was tough but it is something I have been training and preparing myself for, so I was really pleased when I was told I'd got through and made it into Squad UK.

"It's a great opportunity to showcase what I do, something that not a lot of people get a chance to achieve and it will highlight how skilled bricklaying actually is."

 Danny Kennedy, Minister for Employment and Learning said: "Philip's selection for Squad UK is an outstanding achievement and fitting reward for his hard work and dedication. With 12 of our young people selected for Squad UK, Northern Ireland has a great opportunity to demonstrate both the talents of our workforce and the high standard of our vocational training."

Minister for Employment and Learning, Danny Kennedy congratulates Philip on his selection for Squad UK for WorldSkills.

Ulster Star