Europe´s biggest skills competition!

09 Feb 2017

By Fredrik Hägg
Regional Sales Manager Nordic & Baltic
Lincoln Electric Nordic

Europe´s biggest skills competition!

On 1–3 December 2016, young people up to the age of 25 from all over Europe met in Gothenburg – Sweden, to compete for the European title in vocational skills.
Lincoln Electric was the lead skills partner for the welding event and sponsored it with equipment, consumables and accessories as well as with local technical support. The equipment used was Speedtec 405 and ASPECT 300 in combination with Miniflex® Portable Weld Fume Control Units.


Welding equipment waiting to be delivered to EuroSkills

EuroSkills is Europe’s biggest skills competition and aims to improve the quality, status and attraction of vocational training. The goal of the event was to increase knowledge and awareness of future career paths, to stimulate interest in and raise the status of vocational training and to inspire and pass on knowledge.

The event was a success with 74 736 visitors and gave a fantastic brand exposure for Lincoln Electric in the educational segment. Mr. Carl Peters and Mr. Jason Scales from Lincoln Electric in Cleveland together with the local organization had the opportunity to network and discuss with the key personnel from various training centers on how we could participate in support of their efforts in implementing a structured program in welding training.

Students, instructors and competitors also had hands-on experience with our best-in-class, advanced welding training system VRTEX 360® Virtual Welding that was presented in the exhibition area.

The winners in Welding Skills were:
Gold: Josh Peek, United Kingdom.
Silver: Leroy De Ryck, Belgium.
Bronze (2): Peter Panyi, Hungary and Alf Sundal, Norway.

The bronze medalist Alf Sundal from Norway was training in Nijmegen before the Skills event and fine tunes his welding skills.

Left picture:
Anna Ekström, Swedish Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, trying the VRTEX 360.

On below picture we see the silver medalist, Leroy De Ryck from Belgium, checking out the pressure vessels.