Wisbech college students go for gold in Wordskills contest

Front Row Robert Carter, Principal David Pomfret, Sophie Girton. Back Row - Supporting staff Tom Griffiths, Chris Challender, Lisa Gallacher. ANL-140311-142436001
Front Row Robert Carter, Principal David Pomfret, Sophie Girton. Back Row - Supporting staff Tom Griffiths, Chris Challender, Lisa Gallacher. ANL-140311-142436001
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Five College of West Anglia students competed at the national finals of WorldSkills 2014, at the Birmingham NEC.

A Going for Gold event was held at the college’s own Vancouver Restaurant last month to recognise their achievement and wish them well for the national final.

WorldSkills International is an international skills competition which involves 70 countries in the pursuit of excellence in vocational training across 46 different competition categories. It finished yesterday (Saturday).

WorldSkills International is acknowledged as the skills Olympics of vocational training. As such it serves to recognise and to celebrate individual ability and outstanding achievement by young people.

The competition began in 1950 when Spain hosted the first international event in Madrid – since then 18 countries have hosted what has become a bi-annual event which attracted over 1,000 competitors from 67 countries to the 42nd WorldSkills International 2013 competition at Leipzig in Germany.

The five College of West Anglia students competing in four skills categories in the National Finals are: Robert Carter, 22, from Downham in the advanced plumbing competition; James Simpson, 19, from Chatteris, in the advanced welding competition; Sophie Girton, 18, from Lynn in the intermediate hairdressing

competition; Michelle Brett, who is also a hairdressing lecturer based at the Isle campus in Wisbech, and Rebecca Youngs, 19, from Thetford, in the advanced media makeup competition.

College of West Anglia Principal, David Pomfret said: “I am convinced of the value of skills competitions in general and I am incredibly proud of the growing presence of the college in the WorldSkills International competition in particular.

“Whatever the outcome in Birmingham, as a finalist in the WorldSkills 2014 National Competition, these young people have shown themselves to be committed and capable employees, with a personal confidence and capability which is well above average - which no doubt will serve them well in their future careers.”