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NPTC Group of Colleges wishes good luck to all its students taking part in WorldSkills UK National Finals in Manchester next month. There will be twelve students reporesenting the college, across seven skills areas. All of the finalists were amongst the highest performers in the UK in their respective disciplines following a series of regional qualifiers.

Students from NPTC Group of Colleges will join 500 other participants from across the UK to compete in a range of skills competitions, including Accountancy, Automotive Repair, Horticulture, Laboratory Technician, and Web Design (from Neath and Pontardawe Colleges respectively) and Confectionary and Patisserie, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Service (from Newtown College).

Mark Dacey, CEO of NPTC Group of Colleges said:

“Skills competitions provide an excellent way for our students to challenge themselves and develop higher level skills which support their journey towards excellence. I am immensely proud of the achievement of our students in being recognised as amongst the best in Wales and wish them every success in the WorldSkills UK finals in Manchester.”

Ian Lumsdaine, Director of Skills at NPTC Group of Colleges commented:

“I would like to congratulate our students who are representing NPTC Group of Colleges and Wales in the WorldSkills UK finals. I know that tutors are hugely proud of the fantastic achievement of their students who have successfully qualified for the finals and feel that this recognition is well deserved. I’m sure that our student’s success will inspire others seeking to become excellent in their respective skills area.”

The WorldSkills UK competitions are designed by industry experts and enhance the practical skills and knowledge taught on training courses by assessing an individual’s employability attributes against set criteria in a competitive timed environment. Competitors who perform well in Manchester have the potential to represent the UK at future ‘Skills Olympics’.

This year the UK finals will take place in Greater Manchester across nine venues, with 500 competitors from across the UK competing between the 14th and the 17th of November.

Congratulations and good luck to all our finalists who include:

Accountancy Technician – Neath College

  • Toni Borgia
  • Elena Ciota
  • Rebecca Smith

Automotive Body Repair- Pontardawe College

  • Jordan Lingham
  • Victoria Steele

Confectionery and Patisserie – Newtown College

  • Jazmin Williams

Culinary Arts- Newtown College

  • Gabrielle Wilson

Foundation Skills: Horticulture- Neath College

  • Joshua Miles
  • Connor Blair

Laboratory Technician – Neath College

  • Morgan Davies

Restaurant Service – Newtown College

  • Abbigail Howes

Web Design – Neath College

  • Leon Cook

You can read more from WorldSkills UK and Inspiring Skills in Wales, and see the full list of finalists below: