A HEAVY goods vehicle (HGV) technician has put the wheels in motions ahead of representing the UK in the EuroSkills competition.

Kieran Leyland, from Callands, has been selected to compete against other young talented professionals to win the best of the continent title.

The 21-year-old was selected after winning the Silver Award for HGV engineering in the WorldSkills competition in November.

The former Great Sankey High School pupil said: “The competition was held at the NEC – there were six tasks and I had to diagnose the faults within a time limit.

“I had to look at the brakes, electrical system, gear box and starting box.

“After I won silver a few of us were chosen for the selection team and then I was selected.

“I was made up. I feel proud of myself for getting this far.”

Kieran, who attended Woolston CE Primary School, decided to pursue a career as a HGV technician after completing an RAC course at high school as well as work experience within the industry.

At the age of 16, Kieran started working at fleet management solutions company Ryder where he has been able to hone his skills.

He was previously based at Appleton Thorn before moving to Manchester.

Now he is preparing to travel to the finals in Budapest where he will be one of 22 finalists from different categories in the UK competing.

“There will be quite a bit of training beforehand,” said Kieran.

“I know my family and friends are proud of me and I’m hoping many of them will come to watch me compete.”

EuroSkills, which is the regional version of WorldSkills Competition, formerly known as the Skills Olympics, is held every two years.