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Students Selected For WorldSkills UK National Final

Students pictured with employer mentor Jason Sutcliffe, Lead Engineer, Primetals Technologies.

Engineering students from Yorkshire’s first University Technical College (UTC) have qualified for an industry-led national skills competition taking place later this year.

Students at UTC Sheffield, Matilda Street, have won four team places in the WorldSkills UK national final at the Skills Show in Birmingham this November. UTC Sheffield is believed to be the only UTC nationally that has qualified for the WorldSkills UK engineering competitions. All Year 12 Students will be going to the Skills Show, either on Thursday 19 or Friday 20 November, to support our teams and also have a look around the skills and careers event.

WorldSkills UK inspires young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. The competitions test a broad range of skills that demonstrate excellence in their chosen trade. Industry experts design the activities, which focus on qualities valued by employers including teamwork, time management and working to deadlines.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield: “Having four teams selected for the final is a tremendous achievement, and I am very proud of our students. We are committed to developing the talent of the future and equipping young people with technical skills as well as academic qualifications to boost their career prospects and help regional employers grow.”

Two teams of pairs have qualified to compete in the national mechatronics final. Another two teams of pairs have gained a place in the national industrial control final.

The students taking part are Alex Conheeney, Kamil Zmich, Matt Toone, Will Davis, Jaye Griffiths, Jacob Staniforth and Edward Anderson. They have just received official notification that they have been successful getting through to the final, after winning their heats.

Student Edward Anderson, 18, who is taking part in the industrial control national final, said: “It’s nail-biting and very difficult. It’s less about competition and more about a test of character. You have to enjoy it and be determined about what you’re doing.”

Alex Reynolds, Vice-Principal, UTC Sheffield, who leads on engineering curriculum design and development, and accompanied the students to the heats, added: “The students really benefit from competing. It develops their character, is great for their CV and they really enjoy the challenge.”

Staff from Primetals Technologies – a joint venture between industry heavyweights Siemens Plc and Mitsubishi – which has an employer partnership with the UTC, have mentored students on their skills development in preparation for WorldSkills UK.

The global employer, whose metals technologies division is based at Sheffield Business Park, is one of the world’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies and provides ongoing support to UTC students with curriculum projects, careers guidance, and provision of high tech equipment.

Jason Sutcliffe, Lead Engineer, Primetals Technologies, said: “The WorldSkills contest has yet again proved that young talent can be sourced from the UTC and has helped develop these students into promising engineers with the skills and passion needed for their careers in industry.”

UTC Sheffield is the first university technical college in Yorkshire. It opened in September 2013 to 14 to 19-year-olds and specialises in creative and digital and advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Students complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as a technical qualification in either advanced engineering and manufacturing, or creative and digital.

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