UTC Sheffield City Centre student wins WorldSkills UK bronze medal

14 December 2021

UTC Sheffield City Centre student wins WorldSkills UK bronze medal

A student from UTC Sheffield City Centre is celebrating after winning a bronze medal in the prestigious WorldSkills UK national finals.

Samuel Kearsley, 17, is studying a Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Engineering as well as two A Levels in maths and physics, at the technical school based on Matilda Street.

He was among 400 students and apprentices from Great Britain to compete across 64 different technical and vocational disciplines last month.

Samuel, along with another UTC student finalist Thomas Walshaw, 17, took part in the mechatronics skills competition, which involved completing five technical tasks within five hours.

Samuel said: “It was an incredible experience. I am really happy to have been awarded a bronze medal and am very proud of my achievement. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to take part.”

Competitors completed a seven-month process of regional heats and intensive training before reaching the WorldSkills UK national finals.

The results were announced live in an online medal ceremony, hosted by Steph McGovern from her Channel 4 Packed Lunch Studio on November 26th, 2021.

Alex Reynolds, Principal of UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “I am really proud of Samuel and Thomas for being amongst the UK’s most highly skilled young people. Our students complete technical and academic qualifications and work on industry standard equipment to develop the skills valued by employers, and this latest award win is testament to that.”

The mechatronics competition took place in the Black Country and Marches Institute Of Technology in the West Midlands on November 19th, 2021.

The tasks included controlling pneumatic pistons with components, electronics or a programmable controller and building and programming a mechatronic station, which dispensed a plastic container onto a conveyer belt with a pneumatic arm placing a lid on it.

UTCs are government funded technical schools that provide academic and technical qualifications to match the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.

UTC Sheffield City Centre, on Matilda Street, was the first UTC to launch in Yorkshire and Humber, and it has gone from strength-to-strength since opening its doors in 2013.

At the Ofsted graded ‘good’ technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds, students complete technical qualifications in engineering and advanced manufacturing or creative and digital media, alongside GCSEs and A Levels.

Employers supporting the UTC include AES Seal, Bauer Media Group, Fernite, Festo, Finger Industries, Hive, Inspec Solutions, Lavender International, PES Performance, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Live, the University of Sheffield, Siemens and Sumo Digital.