Students from Nescot’s computing department have, for the second year running, been shortlisted for the national finals of WorldSkills UK, taking place in Milton Keynes next month. Their exceptional technical abilities saw five students in total through the regional heats in April, which were held throughout the country covering a variety of skills, including computing, music and construction.Christopher Twigger and Matthew Boddy competed in the CISCO Network Technician field, whilst the Microsoft Network Administrator area was contested by Jeremy Abel and Simon Mills. Further success was established by Paul Tan who made it through the Microsoft Office Specialist heat.
Chance to represent the UK
If successful at the finals, the boys will be in with a chance of representing the UK at the 2011 WorldSkills Games in London.Simon Bartley, chief executive of UK Skills, the body tasked with selecting and training Team UK, said: “On 6 October 2011, the young people of Team UK will be starting their first day of competition at WorldSkills London 2011. This is a huge event involving about a thousand young people from more than 50 nations, competing over four days to complete their projects under intense time pressure.“WorldSkills competitors will be identified from the top achievers from this year’s WorldSkills UK competitions. We needed the best of our skilled talent to enter these competitions so we can pick the best of the best for our 2011 team.”Each competitor is judged on both the speed and quality of their work in a pressured environment, so the boys were delighted to receive news of their success and qualification for the finals.Nescot student, Matthew Boddy, who will compete in the CISCO Network Technician UK final said: “It’s very exciting, though nerve-wracking. It’s great that the hard work paid off, but now we need to work even harder. It’ll be a case of finishing our courses and then coming in once college has ended every day, all day, to make sure we’ve got the best possible chance.”
Matthew Boddy, one of five Nescot students shortlisted for the WorldSkills UK National Finals.
“We’ve all learned a great deal in a short space of time.”
Matthew’s fellow student, Jeremy Abel, who will contest the Microsoft Network Administrator final, spoke about the sharp learning curve for all the students involved.“It was always something that interested me, but when I started the course I knew very little about IT in general,” he said. “The WorldSkills events have been quite an experience and we’ve all learned a great deal in a short space of time. It was definitely a lot tougher trying to complete tasks under pressure than it is in the classroom, though.”“There were certain things that worked fine in class, but for some reason didn’t when we were tasked with carrying them out at the WorldSkills event,” Matthew continued. “I suppose that’s partly due to the pressure, but we’re confident going into the UK finals and are all looking forward to it.”The students have all benefited from the extra support and coaching from Nescot’s computer department staff outside of normal lessons and they’ll continue to do so up until the finals. Once the National finals are complete, those selected for the shortlist are trained and then compete for potential inclusion in Squad UK. Squad members then undergo a rigorous programme of training, support and appraisal. Finally, they compete at a selection event to decide who wins a place on Team UK for the 2011 WorldSkills Games in London.
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