Local Derby bricklayer Zack Lysaczenko training to compete in the ‘skills Olympics’

A former construction apprentice at Derby College is training to compete for his country – and industry – at the world ‘skills Olympics’ in 2017.

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, which will take place from 14-19 October, is the largest international skills competition in the world, and it is held every two years.

Zack Lysaczenko, 21, from Chellaston, has won a place in Squad UK. He is now in with the chance of representing the UK construction industry on the world stage after excelling in the finals of the WorldSkills UK skills competitions in Birmingham.

The international competition sees around 1,000 young people aged 18 to 25 from all over the world come together to compete for medals in more than 40 different skills.

In preparation for this event, Lysaczenko will now participate in a training and development programme before the final Team UK is selected.

Lysaczenko, who works for his father’s building company ‘C The Lite’, has been an apprentice at Derby College since leaving school at 16 – combining work with gaining qualifications in plumbing and brickwork.

“I was placed in the national finals in Birmingham last November and have just been told that I have made it into the UK squad,” he said. “I am over the moon and am now waiting for the programme details to find out where we go from here.

“I enjoy the challenge of competitions as it is good to test what you can do under pressure and the scrutiny of judges. I have also grown a lot in confidence by entering competitions through the college.

“The decorative features involved in the brickwork competitions are something that I would not normally do in my day to day job. The most important thing is accuracy and getting finished on time.”

Lysaczenko’s father, Pietro added: “Zack is a perfectionist and we are always in awe of how he tackles a job – whether that is in a competition or in his every day work.

“We are so proud of him and will be supporting him all the way as he goes on the training sessions to see if he can make the final team.

“These competition are a fantastic way of encouraging the next generation of skilled tradespeople and highlighting the talent that is out there.”

Carol Stott, Chair of Find the Future, which manages the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills competition added: “Skills competitions showcase the levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through high quality further education, skills training and apprenticeships in the UK. I offer my congratulations to every young person that has earned a place in Squad UK and wish Zack the best of luck in his training.”

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