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A Nescot student arrived in China on Monday (May 14) to take part in an international Computing competition.

Shane Carpenter, an apprentice with BAE Systems, forms part of the Western Europe team in the Huawei ICT Competition 2018 Global Final.

The competition is being held at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, with participants conducting an eight-hour hands-on experiment over two days.

Sureshkumar Kamadchisundaram, Manager of HE Computing and Academies, has been helping Shane to prepare for the competition and has travelled to China to support him.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Shane,” Suresh said. “He’s worked really hard to prepare, and we know he will work even harder still in the competition this week.”

Shane has taken part in the international WorldSkills competitions every year since joining Nescot in 2013, and last autumn won a Medallion of Excellence in Abu Dhabi in the biennial global finals.

Suresh has been organising Nescot’s entries into WorldSkills since 2009. This year students from courses including Computing, Media, Games, Animation and VFX, and Hair and Beauty will take part.

In addition, two Computing students will compete at EuroSkills in Budapest in October, with one then being selected to represent the UK in Russia in 2019.

Frances Rutter, CEO and Principal at Nescot, said: “We take skills competitions really seriously, because we know what great opportunities they represent for our students.

“They help our students develop the skills they need to excel at work by improving their technical knowledge and ability as well as working on things like time management and self-confidence.

“The opportunity to travel the world and meet other experts in the subject is genuinely inspiring, both for Shane and for our other students, and we’re really proud of what he’s achieved.”

Huawei is a global information and communications technology company that focuses on telecoms networks, cloud data centre and intelligent client application development.

The company has developed a certification system as a standard in talent development and rating, and works with education providers including Nescot.

The Huawei ICT Competition 2018 has attracted more than 40,000 students and more than 800 schools from countries ranging from China, India and Russia to Mexico, Egypt, and Italy.