Luke Haile in Team UK for WorldSkills 2024


09 May 2024

Luke Haile of Lightfoot Defence will represent the UK in refrigeration and air conditioning at WorldSkills 2024 in Lyon in September.

The former apprentice, from Hampshire, trained at Eastleigh College and won the WorldSkills UK-RACHPSkills UK gold medal in 2022.

WorldSkills UK, a four nations partnership between education, industry and UK governments, is responsible for selecting, mentoring and training Team UK.  Luke’s training is overseen by Mark Forsyth, a WorldSkills UK training manager and owner of Coriolis International Limited.     

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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. 

Luke said: “I was really nervous going into the adjudication room, even though I was the only competitor left in the process, nothing was guaranteed.  This is big for me, I have always done well in student awards, but I felt that just proved that I was a good student, hopefully this will prove that I am a good worker too.”