City of Glasgow College comes out top at The Skills Show

City of Glasgow College has triumphed at the nation’s largest skills and careers event, beating off stiff competition to bring home nine medals, including five golds – more than any other provider in the competition.

Seventeen students travelled to The NEC in Birmingham to represent the college by showing off their skills in a diverse range of categories including Culinary Art, Health and Social Care, Plastering and IT Business Solutions to 75,000 spectators at The Skills Show 2015.

City of Glasgow College Principal and Chief Executive Paul Little said: “This is a world-class achievement and I’m delighted that the hard work of our students and lecturers has paid off with such a significant show of medals.

“It is really fantastic for our college to be recognised in this way. At City of Glasgow College, our top priority is to equip each and every one of our students with the hard and soft skills that they will need from day one as they enter the world of work.

“This unique competition plays a vital role in raising industry standards. To be at the top of that league table shows just how brilliantly our college is doing in preparing our students to be the best in their chosen career and making sure that their talents and skills are recognised by employers as among the best in the world.”

Nicole Finnie

Nicole Finnie

City of Glasgow College received five gold medals in beauty therapy (body), confectionary, culinary arts, plastering and health and social care. The college also won two silver medals in network systems administrator and confectionary and two bronze medals in culinary art and network infrastructure technician, as well as a highly commended in confectionary.

The Saturday closing ceremony, which marked the culmination of The Skills Show 2015, saw the announcement of most of Squad UK ahead of the WorldSkills 2017, which is set to be held in Abu Dhabi. Six competitors from City of Glasgow College were selected for the squad and will now embark on an intensive training and development programme with the college’s Skills Academy. The programme will include a series of milestones and benchmarks which Squad UK competitors must achieve to progress further.

The students will all be hoping to follow in the footsteps of City of Glasgow College graduate Mikaela Wright, who was awarded a Medallion of Excellence in Patisserie at WorldSkills 2015 in Sau Paolo earlier this year.

The WorldSkills international competition sees around 1,000 young people aged 18 – 25 from all over the world come together to compete for medals in more than 40 different skills including Electrical Installation, Welding, Web Design, Cooking and Bricklaying. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi will take place from October 14-19, 2017.

Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of Find a Future, which manages the UK’s entry into the WorldSkills competition, said: “I offer my huge congratulations to every young person who has secured a place in Squad UK at The Skills Show 2015.

“By competing in the WorldSkills Competition, the UK is able to share best practice in apprenticeships, further education and skills with countries around the world, raising standards on a global scale. Additionally, by using the knowledge gained from competing at WorldSkills, we know we are working to international benchmarks that will ultimately equip more young people to help UK businesses better compete globally.”