Wednesday, December 3, 2014

News: Rotherham students at World Skills competition

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​​Three students from Rotherham College competed at the prestigious World Skills UK competition at the NEC in Birmingham last month.

World Skills competitions are a series of tests designed by industry experts that focus on the highest UK and International standards. The UK competitions took place during The Skills Show, the nation's largest skills and careers event, which provided inspiration and advice about future careers to almost 74,000 people at the NEC.

HNC Performing Arts: Specialist Make-up student, Emily Day, 19, and Information Technology Extended Diploma Level 3 students Kyle Somerset, 19, and Connor Kirkby, 17, competed against nine other finalists, in their subjects, from the regional Matchfit competitions.

The World Skills UK Skills Competition inspires young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. World Skills UK plays a vital role in raising standards, esteem and levels of expertise in further education, skills and apprenticeships through competition activities and local initiatives.

Emily entered the regional Matchfit Competition, through the College, with one week's notice after another student had to back out at the last minute. Emily came 3rd in the competition with her entry in the Out of Shadows Theme.

Kyle and Connor took part in the Matchfit competition in Portsmouth in May this year to secure themselves a place in the top 15 entrants in the UK. Connor (pictured, right) said: "Doing the competition will help us gain more skills and it looks good on your CV.

"You might as well give the competitions a try, you get the experience of competing."

Gill Alton, chief executive and principal at Rotherham College, added: "The standard of work at the competition was incredible. Emily, Kyle and Connor did the College proud and proved that Rotherham is producing some of the most talented young individuals in the country. The College strives to enrich every student’s time with us by supporting them to enter competitions which enhances their skills, CV and employment opportunities."

​Next year, the engineering department at Rotherham College be holding the Matchfit regional finals. Students that are successful in their chosen subject area at Matchfit can then apply to enter the national level of the competitions which is run by World Skills UK.

In 2012 the college secured £800,000 from the Skills Funding Agency's Enhanced Renewal Grant to improve the hospitality and catering facilities and to upgrade the working environments in the Engineering department. The facilities are designed to replicate the industry as close as possible and give students and apprentices a more realistic training experience which will help the local economy by increasing the amount of highly skilled engineers.

The Yorkshire and Humberside competition will consist of three subject categories: Electrical, Fabrication and Welding and Turning. A select number of judges from the engineering industry will be coming in to the College to assess the skills and talent of all the entrants.

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