Eight students from Nescot are set to represent the college at the November finals of a national skills competition.
After a series of regional events across Britain, four Media and four Computing students have been chosen to compete in the WorldSkills UK contest at The NEC in Birmingham.
They will all have the chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal, and the Computing students could also go on to join the UK squad for the global WorldSkills competition in Brazil in 2015.
“WorldSkills UK is a prestigious competition, so we are very proud to have eight students from Nescot taking part,” said Nescot Principal Sunaina Mann.
“We hope their success will inspire our current and future students, and the whole college is behind them as they prepare for the finals in November.”
In recent years, Nescot students have won two gold medals in Media and one in Computing; two silver medals in Computing; and two bronze medals in Media and Computing.
Last year Matthew Boddy, the silver medallist in Network Security, also gained a place on the IT team on the UK’s WorldSkills squad.
Sinthu Chandralingam and Alex Kinsman are competing in Network Security, Shane Carpenter will take part in the Microsoft IT Technician contest, and Tobi Adeyemi is representing Nescot in the Cisco Network Technician discipline.
Tobi and Shane won their categories in the regional finals in June, held at Nescot for the third consecutive year, and at the time praise the IT team for their support.
Kali Draper-Ramm, Abigail Jackson, Jessica Taylor and Carly-Jade Wheeler, studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media Production at Nescot, will compete in the Moving Image contest.
“We’re quite nervous, but we’re all really looking forward to it,” said Jessica. “We work well together as a team, and the support we’ve had from the Media department and the college has been great.”
“I think we all have different strengths, so we hope the task we’re given will allow us to show what we can all do,” Abigail added.
“Being able to say you got to the final is a great thing to put on your CV, and we have already learnt so much from the experience.”
Elliott Weld, who won gold in the Moving Image competition last year and stayed on at Nescot to do a Higher National Diploma, has been invited back to WorldSkills UK as a judge.
Section leader Graham Chalk will also be travelling to Birmingham, where he has been asked to work as a subject ambassador for Media.
WorldSkills UK will take place from November 14 to 16, with students competing in 50 subjects at levels 2, 3 and 4. Competitors from 34 of these subjects will go on to represent the UK in World Skills in Brazil in 2015.