11 April 2016

Students from Northampton College will represent their region at WorldSkills this year following success at a regional skills competition last month.

Taylor Grainger and Adam Walker took home gold awards in engineering catergories at the Prepare East Midlands (Prep EM) competition in March, held during National Apprenticeship Week.

They will now go on to represent the college and the East Midlands at the coveted WorldSkills competition to be held at the NEC in Birmingham later this year.

The pair were among a team of five students who travelled to Vision West Nottinghamshire College to take part in the Prep EM event, showcasing the skills they have picked up as part of their course at the college in Booth Lane, Northampton.

Michael Smith, Employee Development Executive at Northampton College, said:

“It was a long day but it was absolutely worth it. All the team were a credit to the college and Taylor and Adam performed superbly well to make it through to the next stage.

“We are delighted to have two representatives in the next round and they can be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Prepare East Midlands was set up by the Association of Colleges’ East Midlands WorldSkills Steering Group with support from emfec and Find a Future to help local students gain experience of skills competitions.

The event helps identify talented students who have the potential to progress to regional and national WorldSkills competitions and provide opportunities for vocational teachers to stretch and challenge students.

Prep EM featured four separate areas of competition, covering hair and beauty, construction, motor vehicle and engineering.

As well as Taylor and Adam’s success in engineering, Northampton College students Nathaniel Mensah and Mona Masrournia both achieved second place in their respective hair and beauty competitions, while Liam Ferdinando was a runner-up in motor vehicle with fellow student Sam Robinson coming third.

James Whybrow, Assistant Principal at Northampton College, said:

“Competitions such as Prepare East Midlands and WorldSkills are a fantastic platform for young people to showcase their skills and experience working in a high pressure environment.

“We are committed to giving students the opportunity to compete in events such as this and test out their skills at the highest level, preparing them for the world of work.”

Northampton College is an emfec member and has become one of the largest FE colleges in the region, supporting 9,000 students on a wide-range of full-time and part-time courses.