Team City on their marks for WorldSkills

A 30-strong team of students from Scotland’s Super College are heading to Birmingham to compete in this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE.

It is the largest team the college has sent to the finals of the national skills competition with the aim of retaining its current number one ranking in the UK.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, and Lead Ambassador for WorldSkills in Scotland said:

“WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills and careers event which helps shape the future of a new generation. Last year Scotland had two colleges in the top three and brought home 16 medals and five Highly Commended awards overall, with our own City of Glasgow College coming top of the UK National Skills League table with seven medals and one Highly Commended.

“As an advocate for vocational excellence, I firmly believe these competitions help to improve skills levels and deliver economic growth. I am delighted that our college is fielding its strongest team yet and we hope, of course, to repeat our past successes.”

Niamh Foulis is representing the college in media makeup and has been training right up to the last minute. She said:

“I’m looking forward to competing as I enjoyed the UK heats. Media makeup is a large subject to cover so it’ll be interesting to see what ideas everyone else has come up with - and you always learn from seeing what others are doing. Taking part in these competitions has really benefitted my college work thanks to all the extra training and coaching. I’d definitely recommend getting involved.”

Margaret Darroch, Head of Skills Academy & Development at the College, said:

“Our numbers have increased significantly, due in part to our intensive training and development programme, and mind-set boot camp which kicked off earlier this year. But these students have won their places in fiercely competitive heats through sheer hard work and determination together with high levels of skill.”

As well as the increase in those attending the elite competition, the number of core skills has been expanded to include areas of economic growth and priority. The students will compete in core disciplines which this year includes digital video production, fine jewellery making, media makeup: body, fashion and photographic makeup, and customer care.

A total of 93 top apprentices and learners from 21 colleges and training providers across Scotland will compete at WorldSkills UK LIVE which takes place from 15 to 17 November at Birmingham’s NEC.