Cheshire College celebrates five medallists at the WorldSkills UK National Finals!

Last week, Cheshire College celebrated the success of five learners at this year’s WorldSkills UK National finals, which was hosted virtually by TV presenter Steph McGovern from her Channel 4 Packed Lunch studio. 

The medal ceremony concluded the 64 competitions which took place between the 9th-19th November, where the event saw more than 470 learners compete across the UK over the two-week period. 

Five Cheshire College learners each won a bronze medal in their respective categories, including 3D Digital Game Art, Graphic Design, Nail Technician and Restaurant Service. 

Medallists included: 

  • Keanu Dowsett – 3D Digital Game Art 
  • Ella Banks – Graphic Design 
  • Samantha Reid-Masters – Nail Technician 
  • Lauren Robertson – Nail Technician 
  • Lauren Jones – Restaurant Service 

Jenni Waddington also gained highly commended status in the Fitness Trainer category.  

Learners underwent a seven-month process of regional heats and intensive training before stepping up their skills to compete against the best of the best earlier this month, placing the College 10th on the organisational league table.  

Ella Banks, former Shavington Academy learner joined the College in 2020 to study A Level Art, Graphic Design and Photography. Reflecting on her WorldSkills UK journey, Ella said: “It was such a good experience! I made so many friends while I was there and gained a greater understanding of working to a real brief. I loved every single minute of the competition and can’t thank my tutors enough for all of the support.”  

Dhesi, Principal and CEO, commented: ‘’We’re extremely proud of our learners and their achievements. They have all shown their determination and hard work in both their preparation and success in this event. Massive congratulations to the learners and the many colleagues who have provided endless support and guidance over so many months.” 

WorldSkills UK competitions are designed by experts to be highly competitive, assessing numerous abilities, including practical skills, knowledge and employability against a set of strict criteria. The competition is designed to encourage, inspire ambition, push for excellence and equip entrants with world-class skills. 

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus), 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses), or visit www.ccsw.ac.uk – Your Career Starts Here.