Belfast Met students awarded gold and bronze medals at World Skills UK national final

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Belfast Metropolitan College

17th Dec 2021

Nathan completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and is currently working for Exitech Digital. His classmate Shane Dalzell also received Highly Commended in the Electronics category.

Lecturer in Electronics, Patrick Roberts, confirmed: “Nathan has completed some really amazing work and remained very focussed throughout the competition. His achievement is all the more exceptional as his course had to be taught online due to the pandemic and he was up against some stiff competition. Having observed his work, it was of the highest standard I have ever seen in this competition. I would like to congratulate Nathan and Shane and have no doubt that they will go far in their chosen careers.”

Leonie McDonagh who lives in East Belfast was delighted to receive bronze and has just completed Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery with distinction and is studying a Foundation degree in Architectural Technology at the College. The College’s other finalist Matthew Connor in Carpentry produced a very high standard of work and narrowly missed out on a medal.

Leonie, added: ““This bronze medal is very much testament to the brilliant teaching and wonderful support I have received from Belfast Met. The staff couldn’t have done more to help us on this competition journey. I am very grateful for all they have done and feel very proud to have secured a bronze amongst such excellent competitors.”

Kieron Flannery, Lecturer in Carpentry at Belfast Met, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Leonie this award is very much deserved for all the hard work put in before and during the competition. Both Leonie and Matthew went the extra mile, spending many hours of practice extending long into the dark evenings in the workshop.

“They underwent intensive training before stepping up to pit their skills against the best of the best, combining both geometry skills, complex drawings and the practical skills required in this highly skilled discipline. They have done the team in Carpentry and Joinery as well as the College proud.”

Chris Corken, Head of Science, Engineering and Construction, confirmed: “This is a fantastic result for Leonie, to compete and be awarded a medal at this level demonstrates a passion and commitment to learning new skills, a testament to Leonie’s enthusiasm and determination. On behalf of the Senior Leadership Team at the college I would like to congratulate Leonie and to thank Kieron Flannery, Peter Davidson and all the carpentry and joinery team for their professionalism and support. We look forward to supporting Leonie on the next exciting phase of the journey.”

Nathan will go through to compete in the international World Skills competition and plans to go on to study an HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering at Belfast Met next year. For more details on courses at the College search Belfast Met

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