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APPRENTICES from around the world travelled to HMS Sultan to harness their skills before they showcase them on a global platform.

A select group of UK elite air engineers will compete against specialists from 72 nations at the Worldskills competition in Sao Paulo.

The tournament gives apprentices the chance to display the skills they have learnt during their time in the armed forces.

Before the British team heads to the finals in Brazil, the defence college of technical training’s Royal Naval air engineering and survival equipment school held a practice project for the UK team to compete against fellow finalist Finland and hosts Brazil.

The apprentices from each country will be the sole representative in different fields of their chosen skill, after competing in a number of regional and national events.

One of the UK’s representatives, senior aircraftman Shayne Hadland, said that HMS Sultan provided some of the best engineering facilities in the world to train on before flying over to Sao Paulo.

Shayne said: ‘I was fortunate enough to come to HMS Sultan for some training as part of the UK selection events.

‘Now I am proud to share this experience with the team who will be going over to Brazil.

‘I think it is really good that our training facilities are being recognised by other nations and that their entrants are keen to come along and train here.’

Each category of the competition, which starts on Tuesday, August 11, will only have one named winner, who will be crowned the best skilled apprentice in their chosen field. This was something that was not lost on one competitor from Finland, Roope Mehtonen, who was taking part in the training session at HMS Sultan.

Roope said: ‘It’s a big responsibility representing Finland but I will try my best to win.

‘Being involved in the Worldskills competition has been a really good experience.

‘As well as visiting HMS Sultan I also got to go to Lapland to do some training work with helicopters – it’s been surreal.’