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Local students go for gold at skills contest


Five talented students from Lanarkshir­e look to have glittering careers in front of them after they struck gold at the UK’S most prestigiou­s skills competitio­n.

Three of them are studying at New College Lanarkshir­e (NCL), the others at Glasgow City College.

They were among 13 Scots, eight of them from the Glasgow college, who were announced as winners at this year’s Worldskill­s UK National Finals.

They triumphed in 10 competitio­ns ranging from painting and decorating to cooking – with many proving to be the best of the best in cutting edge skills such as digital constructi­on, digital media and 3D game design.

Of the three NCL students, Paul Hudson from Shotts took gold in digital constructi­on, Clark Mcgeechan from Motherwell won in the mechanical engineerin­g: CAD category, and Izaac Bharwani from Carluke came out as top IT support technician.

The other winners from Lanarkshir­e were Joshua Valenti from Coatbridge and Nathan Gray from Wishaw who Gold standard Paul Hudson won gold in the digital constructi­on category made up half of Glasgow City College’s four-strong winning team in digital media production.

Apprentice painter and decorator, Nicole Smith, 24, who works for the Bell Group UK, took gold.

More than 400 young students and apprentice­s took part in the finals, in over 60 discipline­s held at 21 venues across the UK.

They underwent a seven-month process of regional heats and intensive training before competing in the finals.

They learned of their victory during a special live programme from Channel 4’s Packed Lunch studios, presented by Steph Mcgovern.

She said:“thirteen gold medallists from Scotland – that is just brilliant. Everyone should be jumping for joy; what an early Christmas present that is. They must have put in some graft to smash it like that.”

Martin Mcguire, Worldskill­s UK director for Scotland, says that success in Uk-wide finals is a litmus test for the future of the economy in Scotland.

He added:“congratula­tions to all competitor­s from Scotland on another terrific medal haul at the National Finals.

“It’s of great credit to them, and their tutors and a fantastic endorsemen­t of our skills system. These young people are a real inspiratio­n.

“They are an example to us all and are to be congratula­ted. They have excelled after one of the most difficult years anyone can remember. Their dedication and drive has been second to none.

“Skills are the lifeblood of every economy, creating high quality jobs, rewarding careers, inward investment and growth.”

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TV stars The winners learned of their victory from Steph Mcgovern during a special programme on Channel 4

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