7 Cheshire College – South & West students have successfully qualified for the WorldSkills UK finals; the largest cohort of finalists from a single college in the North West.
The finalists were drawn from a cohort of 6,000 young people who registered to showcase their skills across 51 technical skills subjects such as digital construction, health and social care, and additive manufacturing.
The 442 remaining contenders will now enter the final stage of the national skills competition in November 2023.
Cheshire College – South & West 2023 WorldSkills finalists:
- Simona Kristof – Restaurant Services
- Esther James – Restaurant Services (Foundation skills)
- Emiley Scott – 3D Digital Game Art
- Leila Sorensen – 3D Digital Game Art
- Megan King – Graphic Design
- Heidi Rowntree – Graphic Design
- Katie-Mae Clutton – Nail Technician
WorldSkills UK competitions are designed by industry experts and develop participants’ technical and employability skills, including building resilience, self-confidence and communications skills. OFSTED has also recognised the value of these programmes in their education inspection framework.
Each year WorldSkills has a real impact on those taking part, with 90% of previous entrants saying their career progression improved after competing and 86% stating their personal and employability skills had improved.
Ruth Szolkowska, Cheshire College’s Vice Principal of Innovation, Curriculum and Quality, commented: “The quality of competitors this year has been outstanding. We’re extremely proud that our students have taken advantage of the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage.
“What they have achieved so far reflects their commitment and dedication to their respective career paths and I, on behalf of everyone at the College, wish them every success.”
Paul Browne, WorldSkills representative and Cheshire College Assistant Principal. added: “Cheshire College is committed to teaching world-class skills, and events like WorldSkills are a fantastic opportunity for students to show their talents on an international stage. It’s fantastic to see our students’ talent be acknowledged in this way. I can’t wait to see them shine in the finals later this year.”
The national finals will take place from the 14th – 17th November 2023 at colleges, independent training providers and universities across Greater Manchester.
We wish all of the finalists the best of luck!