“Skills have become the global currency of 21st Century economies. They transform lives and drive economies.”
Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General
How many students can leave college saying that they are among the best in the UK at what they do? Well, that’s something that our WorldSkills UK participants can proclaim having represented their college on a national stage.
The WorldSkills UK contest is an annual competition in which students and apprentices from hundreds of colleges and organisations compete in a series of stages and heats throughout the year – and the very best of the best go on to compete in national finals at The Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC.
New College Lanarkshire is very proud of our students’ brilliant track record at WorldSkills UK. We have finished top three of the leaderboard for the last five years, earning the College the coveted title of ‘Best in the UK’ three times.
In November 2017, New College Lanarkshire was again ranked in the top three institutions in the UK for skills provision after finishing coming third at WorldSkills UK and taking home an impressive one gold, three silver, one bronze medal and three medallions of excellence.
This was the fifth year we have came top of the leader board, winning first place in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
The WorldSkills UK competition tests trade skills across five industry sectors: Engineering and Technology; Media and Creative; IT and Enterprise; Hospitality and Lifestyle; Construction and Infrastructure.
Our students have won gold medals in a number of categories, including Mechanical Engineering: CAD, IT Software Solutions for Business, Media Make-up, Network Systems Administrator and IT Support Technician.
One of our former students, Ross Megahy, has been selected to be part of Team UK, and is up for selection to take part in international events, including EuroSkills Budapest and WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
They will follow in the footsteps of two of our student Betsy Crosbie, who received a Medallion for Excellence at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 while representing Team UK in its most successful year ever.
One of our Computer Aided Design (CAD) students, Betsy Crosbie, meanwhile, represented the UK at the European-wide skills contest EuroSkills Gothenburg in December 2016, where she won a prestigious Medallion of Excellence. She then went on to win a Medallion of Excellence at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi - making her one of the best at in her skills in the world!
Our students undergo months of training to compete and are mentored by a dedicated team of staff including Assistant Head of Faculty for Engineering and Automotive Barry Skea, Curriculum and Quality Leader Donna Brogan, and Senior Learner Engagement Officer John O’Hara.
What’s more, students with additional support needs from New College Lanarkshire’s supported programmes are now also taking part in the competition.