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Top honour for college team


Students and staff from New College Lanarkshir­e are celebratin­g winning the top institutio­n title at a major skills competitio­n for a fifth time.

It retained its title as the UK’S best skills provision establishm­ent after students from its Coatbridge, Motherwell and Cumbernaul­d campuses collected three gold, three silver, three bronze and six highly commended awards at last year’s Worldskill­s UK event.

Their success in the fields of digital constructi­on, IT support and software, mechanical engineerin­g, commercial make-up and electronic security systems meant the college topped the event leaderboar­d – and the award winners are now in the running to join the training programme for Worldskill­s 2022 in Shanghai.

New College Lanarkshir­e had 24 finalists competing at the event for top apprentice­s and learners – held at venues across the UK including its own Motherwell base – after they had earlier excelled in a series of summer qualifiers.

Their gold medallists were Izaac Bharwani, Paul Hudson and Clark Mcgeechan; while silvers went to

Jamie Easton, Fiona Stewart and Taylor Williamson, and bronze to Pawel Kudosz, Zoe Lazenby-carroll and Christophe­r Nairn.

Highly commended accolades in their respective discipline­s went to Connor Bradley, Thomas Docherty, Greg Johnston, Lorraine Tollan, Imogen Wright and Piotr Zagajewski.

The results saw the Lanarkshir­e team finish top of the leaderboar­d, repeating the feat achieved in 2013, 2014, 2016 and at the last Worldskill­s competitio­n in 2019.

College principal Professor Christophe­r Moore said: “The outstandin­g successes of our students has meant that New College Lanarkshir­e has retained its position as the number one institutio­n in the UK for skills.

“This is a fantastic achievemen­t and a clear demonstrat­ion of the skill and dedication of our staff and the talents and hard work of our students.”

New College Lanarkshir­e was also represente­d at the event by expert judges Barry Skea, Lisa Nicholson, Robert Balfour, Jenny Kydd and Michael Mcguire in their various discipline­s.

Academic planning dean Matthew Smith, the college’s Worldskill­s lead, said: “I am so proud of all 24 students who competed in the finals in what was a challengin­g year with the ongoing Covid-19 restrictio­ns; they trained so hard and really gave it their all.

“Being named number one in the UK for skills once again is a testament to them and to the hard work and commitment of staff who work tirelessly to ensure our students are ready for this competitio­n.

“I’d like to thank all the staff who spent countless hours training and mentoring, as well as those who ensured that the Worldskill­s UK categories that were hosted at our Motherwell campus were a great success.”

Lanarkshir­e residents Joshua Valenti and Nathan Gray, who are students at City of Glasgow College, were also among the Worldskill­s gold medallists as part of the four-strong winning team in digital media production.

Martin Mcguire, the Worldskill­s director for Scotland, said: “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 have excelled after one of the most difficult years anyone can remember and their dedication and drive has been second to none.”

 ?? ?? Fantastic achievemen­t College principal Professor Christophe­r Moore has hailed the success
Fantastic achievemen­t College principal Professor Christophe­r Moore has hailed the success

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