Students reach finals of National Skills Competition

13 November 2014

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to announce that four talented students have reached the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Skills Competition 2014, which showcases the ambition of young people and adults in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.

The competition is being held at The Skills Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 November, and will test competitors’ skills in a range of elements that demonstrate excellence in everything from aeronautical engineering, bricklaying and games development to culinary arts, beauty therapy and health and social care.

Hoping to take the gold, silver and bronze medals in each of their chosen trades, 21-year-old Adam Rust, from Gloucester, and 27-year-old Steven Benfield, from Cheltenham, will both compete in the Industrial Electronics category; 20-year-old Joseph Langley, from Gloucester, will compete in the Mechanical Engineering: CAD category; and 21-year-old Thomas Laming, from Stonehouse will compete in the Cabinet Making category.

The WorldSkills UK competition plays a vital role in raising standards, esteem and levels of expertise in further education, skills and apprenticeships, which is something Gloucestershire College is strongly committed to.

Jenny Ford, Head of School for Engineering, Built Environment and Motor Vehicle, said: “The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event and, like Gloucestershire College, is helping to shape the future of a new generation.

“Simply by entering the WorldSkills UK National Skills Competition, our students have enhanced qualities valued by employers, such as teamwork, time management and working to deadlines. But reaching the finals is a real achievement and testament to the hard work they have put in, as well as the knowledge and skills they have developed through learning at college.”

The team will be heading to the NEC on Friday 14 November to find out if they are the UK Champions of their chosen trades. Then those who are age eligible and competing in skills that are represented at WorldSkills International may be invited to take part in the selection process to represent the UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. 

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