Medals at WorldSkills UK National Finals

Congratulations to all the students from NPTC Group of Colleges who competed in the WorldSkills UK National Finals in Manchester.  Eleven students represented the College, across six skills areas – and they returned with medals.

The finalists were amongst the highest performers in the UK in their respective disciplines following a series of regional qualifiers and they represented the best of the best in the UK.

There were 500 participants from across the UK in a range of skills competitions, including Accountancy, Automotive Repair, Horticulture, and laboratory Technician, (from Neath and Pontardawe Colleges respectively) and Confectionary and Patisserie, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Service (from Newtown College).

Several students were formally recognised for their levels of skills and gained the following accolades.

Highly Commended: Culinary Arts, Gabrielle Wilson; Bronze Medal: Foundation Skills, Horticulture, Joshua Miles; Silver Medal: Automotive Refinishing, Victoria Steele; Silver Medal, Accountancy Technician, Toni Borgia, Elena Ciota and Rebecca Smith

Mark Dacey, CEO of NPTC Group of Colleges said: “We are all immensely proud of all the students who took part in the competition. It takes a huge amount of effort and skill to get to this level and then to be recognised as a medal winner is a massive achievement. Congratulations to everyone! “

Ian Lumsdaine, Director of Skills at NPTC Group of Colleges added: “We are incredibly proud of the way all our 11 students represented the College and Team Wales in the WorldSkills UK finals. They are among the best of the very best in the UK and it’s a fantastic achievement.”

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.