Students from Nescot are preparing to represent the college at this year’s WorldSkills UK regional and national finals.
This year, 21 students are competing at regional level, with four already through to the autumn's national contest.
"Nescot has a very proud history at WorldSkills UK, and we’re hoping we can continue that this year," said college Principal Sunaina Mann OBE.
"Most importantly, though, the competition gives students the opportunity to improve their technical ability as well as their skills at working to deadlines and under pressure.
"It gives them all the chance to show what they can do, and the whole college will be backing them all the way."
A four-strong team of Media students have made it through the regional heats and will go on to the last round at the NEC in Birmingham in November.
Two Beauty and 11 Computing students will compete in their live regional competitions on Wednesday and Saturday next week respectively, with the Computing contest to be held at Nescot for the third consecutive year.
In the Advanced Beauty Therapy regional contest in Winchester next week, Georgia Doyle and Paige Parsons will be required to give treatments including a galvanic and faradic, and will also be judged on their consultation.
The competitors with the highest scores at the live heats will be invited to the national UK final.
"The experience of going to WorldSkills UK is something we’re going to remember, and I think we’re going to gain a lot of confidence in our abilities regardless of where we finish on the day," said Paige.
Georgia added: "The Beauty staff have been helping us a lot and giving us loads of support, so I feel like we’ve already learnt a lot from the experience, and it’s made us think about customer service and the treatments in a different way."
Level 2 Media student Connor Hayes is joining Level 3 Media Production students Zainab Nazir, Jodie Stedman and Pablo Brown-Jennett at the national finals, after their success in Hinckley earlier this month.
Fellow Level 3 students Kiarna Welch, Bradley Kane, Ryan Smith and George Nock also competed at the regional competition, but did not get through to the final round.
Connor said: "The final is going to be brilliant, we’re all really looking forward to it. We’ve been working really hard and preparing really well so far, so we’ll just do the best we can in November."
Computing students Anthony Collis, Shaun Bonner and Alexandre Desbruslais are entering the IT Support Technician category, Joe Scott is entering the IT Software Solutions for Business category and Rogozan Razvan is entering the Network Security category.
Ben Spencer, James Masters and Philip Rogers are competing in Network Systems Administrator, and Callum Elsey, Bau Nguyen and Shane Carpenter are competing for the Network Infrastructure Technician title.
Shane won the regional heats in the Microsoft IT Technician category last year, making it through to the national finals in Birmingham, but did not win a medal.
"I’ve been working harder than ever and I know I’ve improved my skills so much since last year," said Shane, who has just completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Network and Systems Support.
"My tutor Suresh has been very supportive and he’s given up his own time to help me, and that inspires me to do the best I can so that I can show him it was worth it."
Last year Nescot student Alex Kinsman won gold in Network Security, while a team of four Media students won silver in the Moving Image category.