SRC students to compete in ‘Skills Olympics’

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Southern Regional College

13th Nov 2023

A group of twenty talented students from Southern Regional College are on their way to showcase their skills at WorldSkills UK, a prestigious technical skills competition that is often called the ‘Skills Olympics’. The students will face their peers from all over the UK in a variety of specialist skill areas, ranging from bricklaying to forensic science and joinery & cabinet making.

To make it to WorldSkills UK competition, fourteen of the selected students were successful in regional competitions held across Northern Ireland.  These students will now head to Manchester from 14th – 17th November to compete in the national competition.

Six students competing in the SkillBuild National Final (construction areas) will instead compete in Milton Keynes from 21st to 23rd November. These students were also required to be top achievers in their chosen areas in the SkillBuild regional finals held earlier this year.  Final results are expected to be announced on the last day of each competition.

SRC has high hopes for its students this year after being recognised at WorldSkills UK 2022 as the “Top Ranked College in the UK”!  Students have been in training for the past several months, often undertaking additional training to ensure their skills are sharpened going into the national competition.

Lindsay Bronte, Development Manager at Southern Regional College commented:

“The selection of numerous students from SRC for the WorldSkills UK competition is truly a remarkable feat. This competition serves as a platform for students to exhibit not only their technical prowess but also invaluable soft skills, ranging from critical thinking to effective time management. Undoubtedly, participating in this competition will significantly enhance their career prospects, as they have consistently showcased their competence and expertise to their tutors and judges during the regional competitions. I extend my best wishes to all our competitors; regardless of the outcome, they have brought immense pride to both themselves and SRC.”

Raymond Sloan, Principal & Chief Executive of Southern Regional College commented:

“I am immensely proud of our exceptional students who will be representing Southern Regional College and Northern Ireland at the upcoming WorldSkills UK finals. These remarkable individuals have showcased their unwavering dedication, remarkable talent, and relentless pursuit of excellence. They exemplify the spirit of our College, embodying the values of innovation, perseverance, and collaboration. I have no doubt that they will achieve great results during the competition, showcasing the exceptional skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time with us. Their commitment to honing their craft and their ability to rise to the challenge is a testament to the transformative power of education. I wish them every success in this prestigious competition, and I am confident that they will not only make our college proud but also inspire others with their remarkable achievements”.

The full list of SRC students attending the WorldSkills UK competition is:

Faculty First Name Last Name Competition Area
BUTE Conor McDonnell Electrical Installation
BUTE Sean Treanor Automation
BUTE Neil King Automation
BUTE Ross Graham Automation
BUTE Carter McKnight Automation
BUTE Jason McVerry Mechatronics
BUTE John Doherty Mechatronics
BUTE Oisin McKerr Automotive Refinishing
HESC Emily Armstrong Health and Social Care
HESC Hannah Hillis Health and Social Care
HESC Rebecca Liggett Laboratory Technician
PRSE Marcus McKay Foundation Skills: Restaurant Services
PRSE Annabelle Hughes Culinary Arts
PRSE Mykenzie Cartmill Beauty Therapy Practitioner
BUTE Niall Rice Bricklaying
BUTE Jacqui Hawthorne Painting & Decorating
BUTE Erin McKnight Painting & Decorating
BUTE Josh McBribe Plastering
BUTE Conor Branniff Wall & Floor Tiling
BUTE Patryk Niedoba Wall & Floor Tiling