Stu­dent has de­signs on WorldSkills dom­i­na­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A stu­dent from Ruther­glen has taken a step closer to se­cur­ing a place at the ‘col­lege ed­u­ca­tion Olympics’ in Abu Dhabi after show­ing off her visual mer­chan­dis­ing skills in front of more than 80,000 spec­ta­tors at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Twenty-year-old Megan O’Mail­ley, who grad­u­ated in sum­mer with HND Dis­play De­sign at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, won gold for her work at UK- wide com­pe­ti­tion The Skills Show – part of the global WorldSkills com­pe­ti­tion. After suc­cess at the Scot­tish heats in Ayr­shire ear­lier in the year, Megan took her place at the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion and showcase event at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC Arena, which aims to pro­vide hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence that in­spires young peo­ple to ex­plore fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, skills and ap­pren­tice­ships.

As part of the Ad­vanced Visual Mer­chan­dis­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Megan, a for­mer pupil at Stonelaw High School, was tested on her prow­ess in cre­at­ing a win­dow dis­play us­ing just a limited amount of clothes and ma­te­ri­als.

From a sup­ply that com­prised mainly brown pa­per and black bin lin­ers, Megan de­vised a dis­play that in­cluded 100 pa­per for­tune tellers with a self-drawn lo­tus flower as the back­drop.

Megan said: “When we were work­ing at the com­pe­ti­tion in Birm­ing­ham we re­ally en­joyed it.

“We cul­ti­vated the theme of In­dia and for­tune and it turned out re­ally well. I drew a lo­tus flower on the back wall free­hand, and we used a dust sheet as a sari on the manikin be­cause the other clothes pro­vided were not great.”

Megan now faces an anx­ious wait to hear whether or not she is in the run­ning for a place in the WorldSkills UK Squad bound for the Abu Dhabi fi­nals in 2017. She hopes her WorldSkills jour­ney con­tin­ues, as progress will mean she will once more have the op­por­tu­nity to work with a men­tor who is a lead­ing prac­ti­tioner in visual mer­chan­dis­ing.

Well doneMe­gan (left) and fel­low pupil Kirsty Bell

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