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GC to host WorldSkills UK engineering competitions

20 May 2015

Following the recent announcement launching its new series of career-focused higher apprenticeships – many in the engineering sector – Gloucestershire College is set to host two WorldSkills UK regional heats at its Gloucester Campus.

On Friday 22 May, the College’s on-site engineering workshops will welcome up to 10 candidates from across the country to compete in the Mechanical Engineering: CAD heat, while on Friday 29 May, the purpose-built workshops will play host to the Industrial Electronics heat.

Each six-hour competition will focus on testing the essential requirements for a successful career in the mechanical engineering (CAD) or industrial electronics sectors; using the industry-standard facilities available at the College.

The Mechanical Engineering: CAD heat will see competitors, including four Gloucestershire College students, produce 2D technical drawings, 3D models and 3D assemblies of a desk lamp; demonstrating knowledge and understanding in modelling, rendering, creating simulations, reverse engineering and much more.

The Industrial Electronics heat, meanwhile, will see competitors, including four Gloucestershire College students, undertake the role of an electronics technician and carry out a largely practical task, while demonstrating their understanding of the theory associated with fundamental electrical, analogue and digital electronics principles.

In the 2014 WorldSkills UK competition, Gloucestershire College’s own Apprentice Engineer, 21-year-old Joseph Langley from Cirencester, who currently works at Corin, took home the bronze medal in the Mechanical Engineering: CAD competition, and this year the College is hoping to match, if not surpass this achievement.

Also last year, 27-year-old Electronic Engineering student, Steve Benfield from Cheltenham, won silver in the Industrial Electronics competition and will be going for gold this year.

The top five candidates in each group will go on to compete in the UK finals, which will take place at The Skills Show, held at the Birmingham NEC in November. Gloucestershire College will deliver pre- and post-regional training in preparation for those awarded a place in the finals; consisting of one-to-one training, task setting, workflow analysis and optimisation techniques.

Brian Fowler, Acting Head of Engineering at Gloucestershire College, said: “We’re delighted to again have been asked to host these prestigious WorldSkills UK regional heats at Gloucestershire College – it’s a real testament to the facilities we have available in the Engineering Department.

“We will continue to invest significantly into our facilities during the summer too; building a new CAM/CAD workshop, reconfiguring the mechanical and engineering workshops to include a viewing entrance for employers and visitors, and updating the electronic labs.

“These improvements, coupled with our experienced staff and existing facilities, which include industry-standard machines such as pillar drills, lathes and CNCs, will allow us to support the future development of education and training in engineering, alongside our new series of higher apprenticeships launching in September.”

For more information about Engineering courses at Gloucestershire College, including the new higher apprenticeships, watch GC The Movie at or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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