31 January 2018

emfec are pleased to be running the Prepare East Midlands Skills Competitions for the third time. The aim is to attract learners, typically below Level 3, from colleges all over the East Midlands to take part in these rewarding events which can lead to participation in regional and national WorldSkills competitions.

As an organisation that specialises in further education and skills, we recognise the importance of these events which build on the foundations of modern life. Everything involves skills, from the schools our children go to, to the communities we build. We must support the pathway to successful careers for our future generations.

The first Prepare East Midlands Skills Competitions in 2016 saw 79 students take part in 17 different skills competitions, and 97% of those that attended said that they would recommend the experience to a friend. It was also recorded that participants progressed positively at the end of their course into employment and/or higher level courses.

Given this great success, in 2017 the East Midlands colleges decided to run a reduced number of events. Three colleges hosted events with 10 separate competitions taking place with 44 students attending.

This year, with sponsorship from Protocol – Excellence in FE, ABC Awards and support from emfec, this year’s skills competitions will be even bigger with four colleges Nottingham College, New College Stamford, Stephenson College and Vision West Nottinghamshire College, offering 14 different skills competitions covering a diverse range of activities including; light vehicle technician, construction trades, hair and beauty therapy and machining and welding.

Janet Meenaghan the Chair of the East Midlands WorldSkills Competition Steering Group said:

“There has been phenomenal interest in the Prep EM Skills Competitions from Colleges, tutors and students. We are looking forward to an exciting and challenging set of competitions this year and are hopeful the many students taking part will want to progress to higher levels of technical skills and pursue opportunities to participate in regional WorldSkills competitions in the future.”

Sponsorship is essential for the continuation and expansion of the Prepare East Midlands Skills Competitions and this is appreciated by Protocol – Excellence and ABC Awards.

Fiona Grant, Director of Awarding Services, ABC Awards comments:

“The Prepare East Midlands Skills Competitions are a great opportunity for students not only to demonstrate their current skills and abilities but also to gain great experiences and encourage further progression in our valuable technical sectors.”

Chief Executive of emfec and the Skills and Education Group, Paul Eeles adds:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Prepare East Midlands Skills Competitions. We are looking forward to seeing the students excellent technical skills and demonstrating the breadth and depth of abilities across the East Midlands.”

Main sponsor, Ian Sackree COO Protocol – Excellence in FE, adds:

“Protocol is delighted to sponsor a range of Student Skills Competitions in 2018. We recognise the importance of FE in meeting the UK’s Skills Agenda, and the importance of these competitions that instil aspiration in our students to show their new skills learnt in a competitive environment, in the knowledge that these regional events offer the starting steps to progress much further, and all the way to World Skills events for some. For others, it is an equally important chance to confirm practical Teaching and Learning”

For more information about the Prepare East Midlands Skills Competitions please contact Jon Poxon, Head of Projects, emfec: jonathanp@emfec.co.uk

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