Nescot’s BTEC Film & Television Production: Extended Diploma learners have earned a very well deserved success, winning first place in the WorldSkills UK final by beating seven other UK teams in the final to take the title.
After winning the regional heat in May with their submission of a 15-second trailer for the popular television show Come Dine With Me, the four learners, Luqman Ahmed, Denzel Addo, Alex Frohlick and Josh Bamber, travelled to Leicestershire for the final to pitch their trailer to a panel of four media industry judges.
“We were given about 20 minutes for a final practice beforehand,” said Josh Bamber, “And we were all really nervous because we were the seventh of eight finalists to pitch so there was a lot of waiting around before it was our turn.”
The pitch was very successful, with the judges unanimous in awarding the Nescot students the win, marking an incredible achievement for their first ever entry into the WorldSKills competition.
“The feedback was all very positive. We were told that our passion for the project really impressed the judges,” said Denzel Addo. “They liked us as people and could see that we were confident in our work despite the nerves.”
“One of the judges even said he’d have funded the show based on our promo if he owned the rights” Alex Frohlick said.
Luqman Ahmed continued: “The judges told us that we’d won, not only because of the promo, but because of our research, presentation, the way we’d backed up the facts and presented the pitch as a team not a bunch of individuals.”
The learners were awarded medals for their efforts and are invited to the WorldSkills UK awards dinner in the autumn.
“It was a great trip away,” Josh concluded. “We met some good people and made some excellent contacts – in fact, one of the judges gave us his card and has asked us to help make some films over the summer, which is brilliant. Of course, the win was the icing on the cake!”
Winning the WorldSkills UK Final is the latest indicator of the quality of Nescot’s Media department, which recently was awarded status as an Apple Authorised Training Centre.
Elsewhere in the college, the Computing department aims to repeat their WorldSkills UK Final 2010 achievement following the heats in May, in which eight of the 12 medals awarded on the day, went to Nescot learners. Five students will now compete in the final at the end of June.
WorldSkills UK run quality assured skills competitions. Held annually these competitions aim to encourage people across the UK to excel in their vocational skill.
The competitions run both regionally and nationally each year and aim to lift standards of training and performance promoting world class skills and international competitiveness.
Outstanding WorldSkills UK National Finalists may be considered for potential inclusion in a shortlist for the team that goes on to represent the UK at a WorldSkills Competition.
WorldSkills UK is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency and is supported by a host of other partners across business, industry and the world of education and training.
Find out more about the Media courses available at Nescot