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The Bedford College Group will be centre stage at the WorldSkills UK Live event at the NEC Birmingham in November.

Featured will be former apprentice turned IT support department staff member Phillippe Beall who will be competing in the Network Systems Administrator competition, having achieved the highest score across the county in the regional heats.

In addition, the Group’s Computing department along with 25 students (including those photographed with Phill) will be hosting the a Have a Go area at the event within the Digital, Business and Creative hub – demonstrating the variety of digital skills training and encouraging young people to sign up for courses at FE colleges.

This is great showcase for us,” said Head of Computing Paula Hobday.

To have one of our own taking part in the finals at the event acknowledges the national standards which our students can achieve. To have our team and students running stands show that we are a beacon of encouragement for school children to take STEM subjects which leads to a huge range of careers.

The Have a Go area will include an Interpretation Space focused on hardware where students will work with visitors to upgrade a PC and help them to understand the components on the inside of a PC and the different parts that make a computer and a network work.

Another area within the Have a Go stand will include a number of different activities available such as 3D printing and robotics. The students will work with members of the public while they ‘have a go’ at the activities.

Bedford College Phill and Mark Downing from Computing Department

Such is the high standard of equipment available to students at The Bedford College Group, that it each year it hosts regional WorldSkills competitions leading up to the UK Live event in Birmingham.

This year the categories were:
• IT Support Technician
• Network Infrastructure Technician
• Network Systems Administrator – Bedford College students came first (Phill) and second place
• IT Software Solutions for Business – Bedford College students came first and second
• Cyber Security – Bedford College students came second and third

The Bedford College Group has competed in various sectors as part of the WorldSkills competitions for a decade. It is consistently among the best in its field each year with students competing in the national finals, and several award winners, including a gold medal winner who qualified for the international WorldSkills finals. The Group’s students work closely with major companies in the IT sector and are welcomed eagerly by employers seeking staff who have a “real work” understanding of the industry.

In fact, Mark Downing (photographed with Phill) who is Training Co-ordinator for Computing is looking for young people who want to embark on apprenticeships. They will have the backing of the world-class IT training at the college and access to some exciting job prospects.

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