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Mikaela Wright

Competitor in Skill: Pâtisserie and Confectionery
Country: United Kingdom

How did you get interested in your skill?
I just thought it looked fun and interesting, so I thought I would give it a go and I really enjoyed it.

Where did you do your training for your skill?
I trained at City College Glasgow.

How did you first find out about your Member organization and its programs?
I was approached by my College lecturer to take part in the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions. I competed in the finals at The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event and was invited to compete for a place in Squad and then Team UK for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

Who influenced you to pursue your skill as a career?
My family were a big influence as they were so supportive of my choice. My college lecturer and my friends also supported me.

What is your experience in participating with your Member organization?
Training as part of Squad and Team UK has been a great experience. I have been to France to train with Stephan Klien and Malaysia to train with Ewald Notter, both to focus on sugar training. I also trained with Christophe Morel in chocolate skills. All of these training events have helped me further my skills and learn new techniques.

Describe your most memorable moment so far with WorldSkills?
Getting selected for Squad then Team UK. Also being given the opportunity to train with Stephan Klien in France and Ewald Notter in Malaysia.

Did participating in the skills competitions and training for WorldSkills help you progress in your skill? Please describe.
Defiantly! I am so much more confident and understanding in my skill following the training I have completed.

What do you currently do? Where do you work?
I work at William Curley

What are your future career aspirations?
To get Gold at WorldSkills, travel the world for experience and possibly run my own business.