Team Cheshire College win multiple medals in WorldSkills UK finals

  • Learners from Cheshire College – South & West took part in this year’s WorldSkills UK Competition between 15 – 17 November. 
  • Alongside being highly commended in a variety of categories, learners won a silver medal in the Culinary Arts category and bronze medals in the Nail Technician and Graphic Design categories.  
  • As a result of the learner’s success, the College was ranked 10th in the final medals table, made up of 84 colleges and employers.

Three learners from Cheshire College – South & West have won silver and bronze medals at this year’s WorldSkills UK Competitions. The competition took place between 15 – 17 November at the NEC Birmingham, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event. The learners competed against skilled finalists from all over the UK in front of over 70,000 visitors at WorldSkills UK Live.  

Richard Postles, 19, former learner at County High School Leftwich, studying Level 3 Professional Cookery Diploma, competed against the top eight Culinary Arts finalists and won a silver medal at his first WorldSkills Competition. Richard said: ‘’It was exciting to be cooking in front of the crowd, but I had to keep focused to ensure I was meeting the judge’s high standards. 

‘’The entire competition was phenomenal. It was my first time competing and I won a silver medal. It was overwhelming when they called my name.  

‘’I am truly grateful for the tutors that encouraged us to get involved. It is a great experience to add to my CV and a perfect start to my career.’’ 

Emily Misson, 24, former learner at Bishop’s Blue Coat High School, who recently completed her Level 3 Nail Technician Diploma, competed against other Nail Technicians to win a bronze medal. Emily said: ‘’My WorldSkills UK journey has been amazing. I have been in lots of competitions before, but nothing quite like this one.  

‘’I was more excited than nervous heading into the finals. I came first in the heats, so I was feeling confident that I could impress the judges. I was thrilled when they announced I had come third and won the bronze medal. 

‘’It hasn’t really sunk in how far I’ve come since starting my nail course two years ago. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the incredible support, I have had from my tutor Andrea. She has been my role model.

Weronika Machnicka, 18, former learner at Ruskin High School, studying Level 3 Art and Design (Graphic) Extended Diploma, also won a bronze medal after competing in various graphic design challenges. Weronika said: ‘’Being involved in the WorldSkills UK Competition was such a surreal experience. I never imagined it would be as big and extravagant.  

‘’It was a massive surprise winning a Bronze Medal. I was over joyed when my name was called. It was over whelming. 

‘’The College has been brilliant throughout the entire process. The experience is great for my CV and my confidence has improved. This is the start of a fantastic journey into the Graphic Design industry.’’ 

WorldSkills UK Competitions are run in over 60 skill areas and are proven to help people go further, faster in their training and chosen career.  

As a result of the learner’s success, the College was ranked 10th in the final medals table, made up of 84 colleges and employers. 

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Congratulations to all learners from Cheshire College – South & West, it is a fantastic achievement.  

“The competition was fierce and the standards very high. All of the learner’s hard work and dedication has been rewarded and we at WorldSkills UK salute you.  

“Our competitions equip apprentices and learners with the lifelong, world-class skills that will drive up training standards to the highest level to help boost UK productivity and competitiveness.”

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, commented: ‘’We’re extremely proud of our learners and their achievements. They have been determined and hardworking both preparing and competing in this event. 

‘’I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to achieve this remarkable result.’’  

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