The finalists for this year’s WorldSkills UK national competition have been announced – and 22 of them are from New College Lanarkshire!
We’re delighted to announce the full list of NCL’s current students and recent graduates who have made it through to finals of the prestigious competition-based development programme.
More than 500 finalists representing organisations across the UK will be vying for gold, silver and bronze medals at the competitions to be held at centres in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland during the week commencing November 14th.
Venues in Barking & Dagenham, Belfast Metropolitan, Blackpool & The Fylde, Cardiff & Vale, Edinburgh and Middlesbrough colleges will host the finals covering 62 disciplines.
Here is the full list of finalists representing NCL in November:
Lina Simasiute – Beauty Therapy Practitioner
Jamie Easton – Commercial Make-Up
Stuart Price – Construction Metalwork
Valeria Dimitriev – Culinary Arts
Daryl McGhie – Cyber Security
Marcel Kozlowski – Cyber Security
Jordan Hutton – Digital Construction
Shaun Coghill – Digital Construction
Katarzyna Rajska – Digital Construction
Matthew Orr – Digital Construction
Lorri Tollan – Digital Construction
William Graham – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
Ryan Cranie – IT Support Technician
Steven Byrne – IT Support Technician
Liam Quinn – IT Support Technician
Kieran McDougall – IT Support Technician
Nathanial Patrick – IT Support Technician
Nathan Young – Mechanical Engineering: CAD
Alexander Riddock – Mechanical Engineering: CAD
Martyna Pietrzyk – Mechanical Engineering: CAD
Lewis Marshall – Mechanical Engineering: CAD
Andrew Clark – Web Development
All of the finalists were amongst the top performers in their chosen disciplines following a series of regional qualifiers.
Designed by industry experts, WorldSkills UK competitions aim to help young people grow personally and professionally by developing their technical and employability skills and boosting their confidence.
NCL hosted WorldSkills UK national finals in November 2021
Competitors who impress under pressure could see themselves representing the UK at the ‘skills olympics’ in France in 2024.
TV presenter Steph McGovern will announce the overall winners at her Packed Lunch studio on Friday 25th November.
Ben Blackledge, WorldSkills UK’s Deputy CEO, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to everyone who registered for our competitions this year, especially those who are now going on to compete in November’s finals.
“We are really excited to be taking the show on the road again this year with finals hosted by colleges across the UK. We hope seeing the finals in person or catching up with our online content will inspire more young people to develop their skills and have a go at one of our competitions next year.
“Our competitions and competition-based development programmes equip apprentices and students with the lifelong, world-class skills that will help increase UK productivity and competitiveness.”
Professor Christopher Moore, Principal and Chief Executive at New College Lanarkshire, said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of the students and apprentices from our own college and beyond who have been selected for the National Finals of this year’s WorldSkills UK competition.
“Every year we have the privilege to witness the journeys our competitors make in showcasing their talents at WorldSkills UK qualifiers and finals, which sets them up for continued success in life and work as they progress on from New College Lanarkshire.
WorldSkills UK finals at Motherwell Campus in November 2021
“Their success is made possible thanks to the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of our staff at NCL, whose tireless efforts are reflected in our track record of attaining the title of ‘Best in the UK’ on five occasions since 2013.
“We look forward to cheering on all 22 of our finalists as they prepare to compete at centres across the UK in November.”
Read more about the competition, and the full list of finalists, at www.worldskillsuk.org/news/wsuk-finalists-2022