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Skills Competitions

At Northern Regional College we encourage all our students to participate in skills competitions. Taking part in competitions is a very important part of a student’s career development and learning experience and is an excellent way to enhance their skills and knowledge while providing them with an opportunity to test their skills against their peers from other Colleges.

Each year our students from various vocational subject areas such as engineering CAD, CNC milling, mechatronics, welding, IT, health and social care, carpentry and joinery, brickwork, electrical installation and plumbing pipework are involved in competitions from, campus, inter-campus to regional, national and international level. The ultimate goal is to compete in the prestigious WorldSkills competition which occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence in the world.

WorldSkills UK Finals - November 2021

This year eleven students represented the College at the prestigious WorldSkills UK finals in November - the Olympics of vocational skills.  They were among the 400 finalists from across 64 disciplines competing to be crowned national skills champion and for the opportunity to compete in next year's World Finals in Shanghai.

To reach the UK finals, competitors had to make it through the fiercely competitive regional qualifying rounds by completing a series of tasks in their specific skill area. When scores from all the competitors across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were collated, the top eight were awarded a coveted final spot.

The College Engineering students had a clean sweep in the Industrial Robotics category - Louie Heath and Brennan Wilson, AKA ‘2 Dudes 1 Robot’ were gold medal winners; Cameron Middleton and Adam Kirkpatrick (‘Hammer Basher and Sparky’) won silver and Jude Moore and Aaron Stevenson (‘The Athletes’) won bronze medals.  Savannah Hodgins also picked up a silver medal in the 3D Digital Games Art category.