Record number of NI students set to compete at ‘WorldSkills’ UK Finals

  • Photo: Patrick Sheerin, Mechatronics student at Southern Regional College.

    A record number of Further Education students have been selected to take part in the WorldSkills UK finals in November.

    Sixty-three students from Northern Ireland’s Further Education Colleges will travel to regional venues across the UK to compete in a wide range of competitions including automation, mechatronics, beauty therapy, robotics, construction skills and culinary arts.

    Southern Regional College has the second largest number of participants of any College in the UK, with 25 students selected to participate in the finals in November.

    The UK’s top students and apprentices will compete for gold at six host campuses. The colleges are Barking & Dagenham, Belfast Metropolitan College, Blackpool & The Fylde, Cardiff & Vale, Edinburgh, and Middlesbrough.

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    The annual WorldSkills UK competition gives individual students the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills against the very best in the UK.

    Louise Warde Hunter, Chair of the Further Education Colleges Principals’ Group said: “We are incredibly proud of all our students who have been selected to compete in the WorldSkills UK competitions. Their dedication and talent for their chosen course is a real reflection on the fantastic abilities of students in Further Education across Northern Ireland and we are thrilled to be able to display that on a national level.”

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    Patrick Sheerin from Southern Regional College who will compete in the Mechatronics category said: “I can't express enough how grateful I am for the amount of support the lecturers have provided throughout this journey. WorldSkills is an added bonus of attending my local Further Education College and it gives me an experience I wouldn’t normally have, which I hope will help in my next career steps post-education. I am really looking forward to joining my fellow students at this year’s final in November and hope to bring home gold to the College.”

    Source: Written from press release.

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