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Ballymoney Apprentice Plumber to compete at prestigious ‘Skills Olympics’

An apprentice plumber from Ballymoney will represent Northern Regional College in Birmingham this week at the WorldSkills UK LIVE finals – the ‘Olympics’ of vocational skills.
Abigail Reilly, a Level 3 apprentice plumber at the College in Ballymena, fought off stiff competition – and an all male field – in a series of inter-campus and regional qualifiers to secure her place at the prestigious national finals.

The finals are at the heart of WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event which takes place from 21 – 23 November at the NEC, Birmingham. There will be competitions in 70 different skills across the Digital, Technology, Engineering, Construction and Hospitality industries with finalists having to a set task or series of tasks in their respective skill area within a limited time in front of the 70,000 plus visitors attending the event. The original entry of over 3,000 has been whittled down to just 500 for the national finals and Abigail is one of nine College competitors to make the cut.

See Abigail in action in this recent BBC Newsline Report - https://www.facebook.com/BBCNewsline/videos/abigail-reilly-is-setting-the-standard-when-it-comes-to-being-a-plumber-the-ball/420630605271403/