A 20-year-old tiling student from Bridge of Weir is ready to take on the world after impressing judges and more than 90,000 spectators at a prestigious international skills competition and showcase in Lille, France.
Daryl Dailly, who is studying for a Modern Apprenticeship in Floor and Wall Tiling at City of Glasgow College, joined nearly 450 competitors from 26 different European countries to showcase his work at EuroSkills 2014, which was held at Lille’s Grand Palais. The competition is part of WorldSkills – often described as the ‘World Cup for students’ – and is the only one of its kind in Europe, giving the best young European students the chance to showcase their talent on an international platform. Daryl flew to Lille as part of his ongoing WorldSkills training and development plan, where it was hoped the experience would arm him with sufficient confidence to compete at WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The talented 20-year-old tiler said: “At the national competitions, there’s a high standard, but at international level it’s a lot tighter and the judges have zero tolerance. I’ve competed at many events over the last few years but EuroSkills was the biggest one so far.”
Andy Pollock, who works both as a Wall and Tiling lecturer at City of Glasgow College and as Daryl’s WorldSkills mentor, believes his involvement in EuroSkills will strengthen his employability. He said: “The fact that Daryl has taken part in so many renowned competitions such as EuroSkills proves to potential employers that he is not only talented but also completely committed to his trade. EuroSkills gave him the opportunity to network with people from all over the world and the experience he has gained will be invaluable when it comes to finding work in the future.”
Margaret Darroch, Head of Skills Academy and Development at City of Glasgow College, has supported Daryl throughout his WorldSkills journey and believes the student has been transformed by his experience. She commented: “I am so proud of Daryl. EuroSkills was a huge success for him as he is now a much more confident, resilient individual and he has been motivated and inspired by competing against his highly qualified European peers.
“WorldSkills is the equivalent of the educational Olympics and I was very proud of Daryl and all the other competitors for producing such outstanding work at the event. At City of Glasgow College, our curriculum is specially designed to meet the demands of prospective employers and competitions like EuroSkills, which give students the opportunity to develop their skills and network with industry professionals, reflect our commitment to ensuring all our students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to reach their full potential.”