Europe beckons for a games development student from Neston.

Daniel McCabe, 18, who studies at West Cheshire College, won gold at the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition national finals held in Birmingham.

WorldSkills UK aims to promote world class standards and levels of expertise in further education, apprenticeships and technical skills through competitions.

Daniel is now just one of just 13 students from across Europe who have been invited to the prestigious annual conference and exhibition organised in Berlin by multinational software corporation, Autodesk.

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The company makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and entertainment industries.

Daniel, who will be based in the education booth at the event, said he was ‘honoured’ to be invited.

“My involvement is to work on the education booth during the exhibition and answer questions from resellers as part of the company’s student expert programme.

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“Autodesk’s software can be used across so many industries and I will be helping to demonstrate how students, or the young generation moving into the industry, currently use the software,” he explained.

Currently in his final year studying BTEC in media and games development at the college, he added: “Studying at West Cheshire College has been fantastic and I’ve been given so many opportunities to develop my skills and career. I’ve nearly completed my level 3 course and then I’m planning to start my HNC qualification at college in September.”

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As well as being part of the Autodesk conference in Berlin, Daniel has also been invited to join Team GB at a EuroSkills 3D art competition in Sweden taking place in December.

Paul Browne, programme leader in games technology and media at the college said: “Everyone at West Cheshire College is extremely proud of Daniel’s achievements.

"We encourage our students to take part in external competitions so they gain exposure to the industry and employers.”