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    Biotechnology student Lavanya Hemanth chosen for WorldSkills UK squad

    Third-year student Lavanya Hemanth has been selected for WorldSkills UK squad training for the next “skills Olympics” in Shanghai in 2021.

    Chosen for the Chemistry Laboratory Technology category. Lavanya will spend the next 18 months training alongside 136 other students and apprentices in the squad. She will then undergo UK team selection in summer 2021 with the chance to compete against 80 countries in Shanghai.

    Lavanya Hemanth (on the far right) with other Chemical Laboratory Technician Team UK hopefuls trialling for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

    Lavanya first entered the Laboratory Technician competition in 2018 and came fourth in the UK finals in 2019. Judges praised her for her calm and organised approach to laboratory work, her strong data analytical skills, independent working and good laboratory practice.

    Lavanya described her experience in 2019 as ‘amazing’ and the intense training in various chemical laboratory techniques prepared her for the competition, enhancing her skills and giving her the confidence to work in a competitive environment.

    WorldSkills UK CEO Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE said: “It is fantastic to see such a strong squad of young people represent the UK... to the rest of the world that we are developing the high quality skills needed to help us to trade internationally and attract inward investment across all of the UK to create and maintain jobs."

    Through its Productivity Lab programme, WorldSkills UK is seeking to work with partners in education, training and business to harness global best practice to raise training standards to the best in the world, with the aim of inspiring more young people to take up apprenticeships and technical education as a prestigious route to success.

    Lavanya added she hopes to become a research scientist after she graduates.

    Let’s all wish her the best of luck during the WorldSkills training. #teammdx

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