First in Greater Manchester for Hospitality, Sport and Public Services

Trafford College students have come first in the Sport and Public Services as well as the Hospitality Section of Greater Manchester Colleges Skills Competition.

Trafford College students have come first in the Sport and Public Services as well as the Hospitality Section of Greater Manchester Colleges (GMCG) Skills Competition.

A team made up of students from our BTEC Sport and Uniformed Public Services clinched first place overall on points at Salford College on Tuesday 19th March, beating eight other further education teams, with stars from hospitality and catering scooping gold at Hopwood Hall College on Friday 29th March.

The sport team, who had never worked together before, was set a range of tasks, counting up points in each category to scoop best overall. In Hospitality individuals Barney Lynch scored highest in Front of House and Reshma Kotian in Level 2 in the contest sub-categories.

Sport lecturer at Trafford College and team lead Jodie Jones said: “We are super proud of their achievements on the day - not simply because they achieved 1st place but because of their exceptional team ethic, drive and commitment on the day, working with students across four different groups to compete and put together an exceptional and professional team performance, with some students having limited time to prepare for some of the challenges.”

In other sections of the competition, individual students excelled in sub-categories: William Brooke in Barbering in the Hair & Beauty Contest while other students scored first place in the Engineering heats of electronics (Tomasz Studzinski) and fabrication (Jack Robinson).

BTEC Sport student Megan Hughes, who was part of the winning team, said, “I’d recommend taking part in the Greater Manchester Skills Competitions to everyone. It was great for team work and for developing skills I can not only apply to my BTEC, but also to what I do outside of college.”

Chairman of Greater Manchester Colleges Group and Trafford College Director of Adult Learning Joan Scott said: “Skills competitions are a fantastic way for students to learn. They develop skills that are essential in the workplace and in life, such as resilience, craftsmanship, team work, time keeping and discipline. It’s so rewarding to see how a student ‘grows’ when they compete in a competition, especially if they are proud of what they achieved - it stays with them for life and fuels a desire to do even better, increases their confidence and raises their aspirations!”

Trafford College was proud to host the Art & Design Section of the competition at Altrincham Campus on Wednesday 20th March.