Stu­dents strike gold

Trio ex­cel at World­skills UK

Hamilton Advertiser - - DON’T DRINK & DRIVE - Kirsten Mc­stay

Three Hamil­ton stu­dents struck gold at the World­skills UK com­pe­ti­tion in Birm­ing­ham last month.

Cal­lum Frost, Thomas Scott and Dawid Soczka all took part in the com­pe­ti­tion while rep­re­sent­ing New Col­lege La­nark­shire, where they study.

The lads were all pre­sented with awards after they com­peted at the three-day com­pe­ti­tion in front of 70,000 spec­ta­tors, go­ing head to head with 500 of the best stu­dents and ap­pren­tices from across the UK in 10 skills.

Cal­lum and Thomas show­cased their skills in IT Soft­ware So­lu­tions for Busi­ness, and Dawid showed off his tal­ents as an IT sup­port tech­ni­cian.

All top per­form­ing stu­dents will now be in with a chance of be­ing se­lected for Team UK in forth­com­ing in­ter­na­tional fi­nals in 2020 and 2021.

New Col­lege La­nark­shire was then ranked sec­ond in the UK for skills pro­vi­sion after 12 stu­dents brought home awards from na­tional skills com­pe­ti­tion World­skills UK.

Nine medals and three spe­cial awards were pre­sented to New Col­lege stu­dents at the glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony.

Martin Mcguire, prin­ci­pal and CEO at New Col­lege La­nark­shire, said: “Each year we take part in World­skills com­pe­ti­tions to give our stu­dents the chance to show what they have learned at col­lege on a na­tional level, bench­mark­ing them against the best in the UK and each year they con­tinue to ex­cel.

“I’d like to con­grat­u­late all the stu­dents who took part for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.

“I’d also like to thank the nu­mer­ous staff mem­bers who show tremen­dous com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to en­sure their stu­dents are at the top of their game and of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stan­dard. It shows that skills re­ally are at the fore­front of New Col­lege La­nark­shire’s ethos and we will strive to en­sure each and ev­ery stu­dent who passes through our doors leaves skillset for life.”

Recog­ni­tion Thomas Scott brought home a gold award (pic­tured with Toby Bell)

Top ef­fort Cal­lum Frost re­ceived gold for IT Soft­ware So­lu­tions for Busi­ness

Go­ing for gold Dawid Soczka’s work as an IT Sup­port Tech­ni­cian was recog­nised

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