“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 of the leaderboard three times in the last four years, earning the College the coveted title of ‘Best in the UK’.
In November 2016, New College Lanarkshire was again named 'Best in the UK' after finishing top of the leaderboard at WorldSkills UK and taking home an impressive four gold, two silver and four bronze medals. Similarly, our students' brilliant performances helped us to finish top in November 2013 and November 2014.
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.
Four of our students are in contention to represent the UK at global skills contest WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, which takes place every two years.
They will follow in the footsteps of two of our recent graduates – Andrew Beel for Mechanical Engineering and Richard Miller for IT Network Systems – who both received a Medallion for Excellence at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 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.
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.