8 TCG students make WorldSkills UK National Finals

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Eight Students from across the Trafford College Group have succeeded in reaching the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions.

The Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG) Annual Skills Competitions were held in March, which provided students with the opportunity to showcase the technical skills they have learnt across 10 specialisms.

During the event over 700 students took part in activities that tested the practical skills they have been learning during their time at college.  The competitions focus on the skills acquired from studying a range of technical courses including Digital/Media, Health & Social Care, Engineering, Construction, Sports, Hospitality and Hair & Beauty. These competitions provide not only an opportunity to develop technical excellence, but also personal attributes such as teamwork and resilience, as well as employability skills.

Over five years, GMCG Colleges have seen huge growth in the number of registrations for WorldSkills UK skill competitions, in March 2022 the group achieved 710 registrations. A catalyst for this growth is the focus on technical excellence and the opportunity presented by competing in the local skills competitions held annually by GMCG.  After competing against colleges nationwide, 19 Greater Manchester students have now successfully reached the National Finals and will go on to compete for medals in the finals in mid-November.

Trafford College Group Principal, James Scott said ‘GMCG are leading the way in how we work collaboratively across the city region to provide a range of skill competitions, helping to meet the skill needs of local and regional employers. Internal and external skill competitions enhance our focus on technical excellence and vocational pedagogy, they are a key element of high-quality teaching, learning and assessment.’

We are very proud to announce that 8 students from across the Trafford College Group have made it to the National Finals. They are: Amy Martin (Beauty Therapy ), Finlay Wood (Culinary Arts), Ben Lewis (Culinary Arts), Chloe Ware (Nail Technician), Lauryn Reeves (Nail Technician), Tiaunna-Karajan McGlen (Nail Technician), Samantha Kinsey (Nail Technician), Toby Hallam (Network Systems Administrator).

Finalist Finlay Wood, tutor Paul Taylor and finalist Ben Lewis. 
Male student Toby Hallam
Finalist Toby Hallam.

Trafford College Group Skills Specialist, Joan Scott said “We are so proud of all the GMCG students who have taken part in the competitions so far. By taking part in these competitions, our students are able to showcase the high-quality technical skills which they have developed during their time at college, and which will prepare them for the real world of work. We are all really excited about the nineteen learners who have reached the National Finals, and we wish them all the very best of luck.”

All nine Further Education colleges in Greater Manchester are part of the Greater Manchester Colleges Group including Bolton College, Bury College, Hopwood Hall College, Oldham College, Tameside College, The Manchester College, Trafford College Group, Salford City College Group and Wigan & Leigh College.

GMCG represents the colleges, collectively delivering learning to 70,000 students, supporting them to meet the needs of the employers and the GM workforce, current and future, in key growth and employment sectors with training at all levels and ages from entry to postgraduate.

We wish the best of luck to all of our students competing in the National Finals which will take place this November at Belfast Met College, Blackpool and The Flyde College.

For more information on GMCG please visit www.gmcg.ac.uk