Engineering Students Top 10 in UK #worldskills

Talented engineering students Tom Andrews, previously at The Petersfield School, Ian Dodd, previously at Calthorpe Park School and Jimmy Page, previously at Perins School will compete at WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions at the NEC Birmingham 19-21 November.

WorldSkills is the UK’s largest skills and careers event, showcasing a plethora of vocational skills in Engineering, Cultural and Creative Arts, IT & Business Administration, Professional Services and Built Environment.

The trio qualified for the prestigious competition in the regional heats held at Alton College’s Sonardyne Centre for Engineering and Design Technology earlier in the year where they were announced as the three of the top 10 National Finalists.

Both Tom and Ian are currently studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering and Jimmy is studying for the Foundation Degree in Engineering which the College offers in partnership with the University of Portsmouth.

As part of the heats, the students worked on a printed circuit board (PCB), which they now need to make before they go to Birmingham. During the competition, they will undertake three written papers, a design task on a PCB and also a production task. At the end of the three days, five students from each discipline will be selected to have the opportunity to be trained towards selection to represent the UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017.

After College, Tom hopes to follow in the footsteps of Alton College alumnus Andrew Holland, previously at Amery Hill School and gain an apprenticeship with Sonardyne, the company which sponsored Alton College’s state-of-the-art Sonardyne Centre. Like Andrew, Tom completed and thoroughly enjoyed a work experience stint with the company as part of his Engineering Course. Ian has applied to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University.

Barbara Cox, Curriculum Manager for Engineering entered the students into the world-class competition. She said: ‘ I believe the organisation is a fabulous springboard for young people, at all levels, to prove and showcase their incredible vocational skills. It showcases at regional, national and international level and I am immensely proud of my students’ achievement in getting this far.’
Alton College actively encourages and promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The College has a dedicated STEM Ambassador, Dawn Elson, Business Transformation Leader at Gatwick Airport, who regularly visits the College to give talks and encourage students to get involved with STEM. Read more about STEM at Alton College here 

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