Three talented young people will be representing The Bedford College Group in the forthcoming World Skills Show event in the NEC Birmingham.
There they will be competing against the best in the UK.
Two computing students from the riverside Cauldwell Campus in Bedford will be taking part:
Uways Eid, of Luton, was ranked 2nd in the regional competitions for the Network Infrastructure Technicians. He is now studying at university.
Collette White, also of Luton, was 4th among the same wide area competitions in the IT Support Technician category. Of being a student at Bedford College.
Collette White said:
“It’s great to get some real work experience under your belt as part of the extra curricula opportunities offered by the team here.”
Head of computing Paula Hobday said:
“We have a great track record of our computing students getting through to the final competitive stages of the World Skills events and have high hopes for 2017.”
The third student off to Birmingham is plumber Jonathan Archer, aged 24, of St Neots. Jonathan works for Wintle Heating in Northampton and having qualified at the Bedford College Plumbing Technology Centre in Kempston, is now undertaking a Foundation Degree in Building Services and Sustainability – with a view to moving up the management ladder.
Jonathan is a third generation plumber who recognises the advantages that Higher Education via Bedford College can offer. “I enjoy my work but may not want to be working hands-on when I am older. In the meantime I am looking forward to the competition.”
Bedford College has appeared regularly at the World Skills event, being a past sponsor and having students taking part in computing and construction categories.