Tom Andrews to represent GB at Worldskills

Alton College student Tom Andrews has been selected to represent the UK at Worldskills in Russia later this year in the Electronics discipline. Tom is currently in his last year of the Foundation Degree in Engineering studying at Alton College and undertaking work with Sonardyne International Ltd

Tom joins a group of the country’s best and brightest young skilled people to represent the UK in Kazan. The team of young professionals from sectors including engineering, hospitality and professional services, construction and digital and IT will fly to Russia in August to compete in the competition known as the ‘Skills Olympics’. They will compete against their counterparts from more than 60 countries and go for bronze, silver and gold in 56 different skills disciplines.

Tom said “I am really excited about the prospect of heading to Russia in the summer, and already looking forward to the training trip to Finland which is coming up soon. I am proud to be able to represent the country and grateful to Alton College and Sonardyne for the help and support they have given me to get to this point.”

Dr Darryl Newborough, Technical Director at Sonardyne International Ltd said “We are really proud of Tom’s achievement and pleased to be able to support him at this exciting time. We are thrilled to be able to continue our link with Alton College and currently have 6 apprentices, including Tom, who have come to us from the College. It is fantastic to see the Sonardyne Building still in constant use by Engineering and D+T students.”

Tom originally started studying at College at the age of 14 as part of the School’s programme, then completed a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering leading onto his current Foundation Degree, in partnership with the University of Portsmouth.

Barbara Cox, Curriculum Manager for Engineering said “Tom originally entered the first regional round of the Worldskills competition in 2015, he has qualified for two national finals and has been on the squad training ever since, so to be chosen to represent the UK is great recognition of all his hard work and the culmination of a long journey. We will follow his progress with great interest in the summer.”


Photo l-r: Jon Myers (Head of Centre, Alton College) Dr Darryl Newborough  (Technical Director at Sonardyne International Ltd) Tom Andrews, Barbara Cox (Curriculum Manager for Engineering Alton College)