7 July 2016

North Lindsey College students are competing in the World Skills competition with fantastic results in the regional heats.

Skills competitions are being held around the world to showcase and inspire world-class excellence in skills and introduce young people to a variety of skilled careers.

Regional finalists will go on to compete at the national finals taking place in the autumn, in the nation’s largest skills and careers event. World Skills UK helps to promote career opportunities, showcase the value of skills and focuses on employability and excellence in standards.

Students from the digital technologies department at North Lindsey College recently travelled to Bedford College and their results included a first place in IT software solutions, a second place in web design which came from came from Lewis James and a second place in IT technical support came from Jonathan Kiddle.

Jonathan, an apprentice at North Lindsey College, said:

“I was really excited to come second in the competition as I didn’t think I would be placed because I had problems with the computer but it all worked out well in the end. It’s important to compete as it helps with confidence and will look great on your CV to be skilled enough to even just be put forward for the competition.”

John Lewis, Lecturer in Computing at the college, said:

“World Skills at Bedford College was again a great success with three of our apprentices coming away with being in the top three of their given subject. This could give them the chance to be entered into the national skills show in Birmingham in November if they have scored within the top eight within the UK regional finals. This could lead to the World Skills in Russia in 2018.

“They all worked very hard both at the competition and before attending making sure that they could achieve the highest achievement that they could, we are now looking forward to the results from this in July.”

Last year the college had two successful finalists in the national World Skills competitions: Erhan Donmez, who brought home a silver medal and beauty therapy student Stevie Brown who was selected to be a Skills Champion after becoming a finalist.

The construction department has also had success at the Skill Build competition with student Jack Baines who achieved third place in the New Entrant Painter and Decorator competition. He travelled to compete in the regional construction Skill Build competition which is the UK’s biggest construction skills competition held at Leeds College of Building, run by CITB.

Jack said:

“I enjoyed taking part in the Skill Build competition, it was a long day but it was an enjoyable experience. It was good to see the facilities at Leeds College of Building and it was interesting to watch all the other trades show off their practical skills in their chosen trade areas. I aim to participate at a higher level next year and hopefully do even better.”

North Lindsey College is the largest provider of post-16 education and training in North Lincolnshire, offering a wide range of further education programmes, both vocational and academic, and apprenticeship courses at a range of levels.