NWSLC students and alumni formally presented with WorldSkills UK medals at special ceremony

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 9 April 2022

STUDENTS and alumni from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) have been honoured at a special ceremony where they were formally handed medals which were won at the WorldSkills UK competition.

Tutor Jason Harlock with carpentry student and gold medal winner, Sam Abbott (Image: Birdbox PR)

The ceremony was hosted by NWSLC’s Board of Governors, whilst the medals were presented by Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, who is the Principal and Chief Executive of the college.

The college collected a grand total of 16 medals at the national WorldSkills UK finals last year putting them at the top of the table in England – and making them fourth in the United Kingdom.

Five Gold, three Silver and eight Bronze medals were won.

Previously, the medal winners had been recognised virtually through NWSLC’s online Celebration of Achievement event which was held in January – but this ceremony marked the first opportunity that they had to join together and celebrate in person.

Gold medal winners

Samuel Abbott

Samuel Abbott, from Coventry, works as an apprentice for E. Brook Joinery and won the Gold medal in the joinery competition. He attends NWSLC’s specialist construction Harrowbrook Campus and is committed to completing his training and progressing in his career as a joiner.

Samuel now has amibitions to compete for a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills in Lyon in 2024.

Kelys Ramsay

Kelys Ramsay, from Nuneaton, triumphed in the Foundation hairdressing category after she rose to the challenge of creating a stunning bridal design for long hair against the clock.

Kelys exclaimed that she felt ‘honoured’ to take part in the competition and that she was ‘over the moon’ when she managed to win a Gold medal.

She now hopes to join the hairdressing industry once she has completed her college qualifications.

Samuel Barnes

Samuel Barnes, from Leicester, managed to secure top spot in the Foundation motor vehicle skills competition – and has proved himself to be an able student.

Samuel is currently ‘progressing well’ on the autocare technician programme at NWSLC’s Nuneaton Campus and he is set to fast-track on to the next level.

His skills test required him to carry out a technical procedure on a vehicle in a workshop, ensuring that safe working practices were followed.

Marion Plant: NWSLC ‘performed very strongly’

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, who also serves as Deputy Chair and Trustee of WorldSkills, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many of our talented medal-winners to the college to celebrate in person and to receive their medals.

“The college performed very strongly in the competition last year and we are so proud of all our students who worked so hard to achieve such fantastic results.

She further added: “Congratulations to all of them, and thanks to their tutors who helped to keep them on track and provided them with so much support and encouragement.

“We were delighted that the outcome put us at the top of the medals table for English colleges and particularly pleased that our students excelled in the foundation skills competitions, placing our college at the top of the league table for the whole of the UK.

Ms. Plant, concluded: “Foundation skills competitions, designed for those with special educational needs and disabilities, were originally conceived and first started by NWSLC, so we are particularly proud of our success in this area.”

Other medal winners

Reece Todd, Ryan Maguire, Frankie McCarthy, and Jake Benson who won Bronze medals in the digital media production competition

Abbie Simpson who won the Silver medal for visual merchandising

Callum Hearne and Lewis Smith who won Silver and Bronze medals respectively in the Foundation health and social care category.

Governor, Andrew Turner, who is Chair of the Students’ Learning and Quality Committee, gave the closing vote of thanks.

Alumni from NWSLC are continuing to train to represent the UK on the world’s stage at the bi-annual WorldSkills competition in Shanghai in October 2022.

Former student and Nuneaton chef, Chloe Lloyd-Hughes, will compete in the culinary arts – and category while Ellie Ruff from Nuneaton will take on challenges in visual merchandising.

Both are members of the prestigious WorldSkills UK Talent Development Programme after previously excelling in its national skills competitions.

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