Seven Nescot students have been selected to represent the college in the WorldSkills UK national finals in November, after 21 took part in regional selections this year.
The contest aims to showcase excellence in a huge range of vocational subjects, and culminates in the three-day Skills Show at The NEC in Birmingham.
“We’re really proud of all the students who took part in WorldSkills UK this year, and to have seven competing at national level this year is brilliant,” said Deputy Principal Carol Martin.
“We know from past experience that the competition is a great opportunity for our students to improve their technical expertise as well as boosting their confidence and skills like teamwork and time management.”
Media students Conor Hayes, Zainab Nazir, Pablo Brown-Jennett and former Nescot student Jodie Stedman will be competing as a team in the Video Moving Image category, in which a Nescot team won silver last year.
Computing student Anthony Collis is entering the IT Support Technician category and Shane Carpenter, now a Combat Systems Engineering Higher Apprentice with BAE Systems at Nescot, will be taking part in the Network Infrastructure Technician category.
The pair both won their respective categories at the regional competition in June, hosted at Nescot for the third consecutive year.
Shane, who also took part in the national finals last year after winning the regional Microsoft IT Technician category, said the experience had been ‘amazing’ and hoped it would stand him in good stead for 2014.
In addition Razvan Rogozan has been selected for the Network Security category, in which Nescot student Alex Kinsman won gold last year.
WorldSkills UK is an annual competition designed to drive excellence and promote skills in vocational areas, with categories ranging from aromatherapy to cabinet making and forensic science to floristry.
Regional heats are held throughout spring and summer, with the highest scoring competitors invited to the national final at The Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC in November.
This year 21 Nescot students entered WorldSkills UK, including two studying Beauty, two four-strong Media teams and the 11 Computing students who took part in the Nescot-hosted regional contest in June.
Nescot’s partner Red Edge Training Company secured two gold and one silver medal, HND student Elliott Weld, who won gold in 2012, was invited back as a judge, and section leader Graham Chalk was asked back as an ambassador for Media.