Students make the WorldSkills UK Final

South Cheshire College’s Matt Evans, 18, from Crewe and West Cheshire College’s Penny-Jane Prior, 17, from Wrexham, are amongst the finest apprentices and students in the UK after securing a place in the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions.

Competing in the ‘Culinary Arts’ competition as part of the Hospitality and Lifestyle sector, Matt Evans impressed the judges to become a finalist, Matt said: “It has been great to be part of this competition; its great experience and a good platform to gain exposure within the industry and get your name out there.

“Taking part has definitely helped with my technique and confidence, as it really is a pressurised environment. I’m now gearing up for the finals.”

WorldSkills 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.

Having fought through the National Qualifiers, completing months of intensive training, Penny-Jane and Matt are in the top 500 skilled young apprentices and students to have made it through to the final showdown in front of 70,000 spectators at The Skills Show in November.

Penny-Jane, National Qualifier in the ‘3D Digital Game Art’ competition within the Media and Creative sector, completed a vigorous round of challenges to make it through to The Skills Show. The competition is about demonstrating the skills of the 3D Digital Game Artist within the games development cycle.

Penny-Jane commented: “It has been an intense competition but also great fun and I’m so pleased to have made it through to the final 500. It feels a great achievement.

“To become a national qualifier we were given a brief and tasked with completing this to the client’s requirements through our best interpretation. We had to therefore work from the concept art to produce a 3D mesh, using our skills in geometry, triangle count and making good decisions in symmetry and silhouette, to then subsequently create the visual elements.

“The theme is always unknown so I am slightly apprehensive going into the finals, but I have been preparing and practicing a range of modeling techniques so hopefully that will set me in good stead.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and hopefully I can be as successful this time round!”

Mark Parsons Director of Faculty – Retail, Commercial, Engineering and the Built Environment, commented: “We’re really proud of Penny-Jane and Matt and their achievement within this competition. They are both very determined individuals and have put a lot of hard work into preparing for this event.

“Their dedication is really paying off and I’m sure they’ll both go on to make us proud at The Skills Show later this year.”