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Computing students win first and second prizes at WorldSkills UK competition

Oct 28, 2014

Computing students win first and second prizes at WorldSkills UK competition

Five Nescot students have triumphed at the regional WorldSkills UK Computing competition, held at the college on Saturday.

Ten Computing students took part in the challenge, with four gaining first place in their categories and one coming second.

The team now face a wait to see how their scores compare to those achieved by other competitors across the UK, with the eight highest scorers in each category being invited to the national finals.

The national finals, to be held at The NEC in Birmingham, will see students from all over the UK competing in disciplines from Aromatherapy to Welding, Mechanical Engineering and Forensic Science.

"All the students who entered WorldSkills UK this year have worked really hard to prepare, and they have had tremendous success," said Principal Sunaina Mann OBE.

"Everyone across the college will be keeping their fingers crossed that we’ll be able to send even more students to the national finals in November."

Shane Carpenter won the Network Infrastructure Technician category, Joe Scott came first in IT Software Solutions for Business, James Masters won the Network Systems Administrator category, and Anthony Collis and Shaun Bonner came first and second in the IT Support Technician round.

Two four-strong teams of Media students entered WorldSkills UK this year, with Connor Hayes, Zainab Nazir, Jodie Stedman and Pablo Brown-Jennett already reaching the finals.

Georgia Doyle and Paige Parsons took part in a regional contest for Advanced Beauty Therapy in Winchester in June, and are also waiting to find out whether they will be invited to the national contest.

WorldSkills is an international contest aimed at driving excellence in workplace skills through competition.

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