After achieving success at regional level, South West College (SWC) is delighted to announce that Andrew McCann, Ronan Kerr, Micah Anderson, and Andrius Simkus have been selected as finalists and will compete at the national finals of this year’s WorldSkills UK competition-based development programme.
The prestigious competition, held annually, is designed to boost skills and confidence, and gives individual students the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills against the very best in the UK.
Following a series of challenging regional heats earlier in the year, the highly anticipated finals will be held week commencing November 14, and will see over 500 students and apprentices, compete for gold, silver, and bronze at the competitions, which will take place in venues across the four corners of the UK.
A total of 62 finals, will be run across a wide range of skill areas from bricklaying in Edinburgh to laboratory technicians in London. For those that cannot attend an online broadcast will be available.
SWC will see four students compete in November’s finals, including: Level 2 Plumbing apprentice, Andrew Mc Cann, employed with Anderson Mechanical Services, who will compete in the Plumbing category at Middlesbrough College. Level 3 Professional Cookery student, Ronan Kerr, who is set to compete in the Culinary Arts category at Belfast Metropolitan College, as well as two Higher Level Apprentices (HLAs) Andrius Simkus and Micah Anderson, both studying the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Engineering with Specialisms (Manufacturing), and are set to compete in the automation category at Barking and Dagenham College in Romford.
The four competitors if successful, could see themselves representing the UK at the ‘Skills Olympics’ in France in 2024.