UTC Sheffield Engineering Team Win WorldSkills UK Medal
UTC engineering students have won a medal at a prestigious national competition.
It aims to develop the next generation of global skills talent. Five teams from the City Centre UTC, competed in WorldSkills UK in Birmingham during November.
The competition aims to inspire and equip the next generation with lifelong, world-class skills that the economy needs to help businesses compete on the global stage.
Alex Reynolds, Principal of UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our students who took part in this year’s WorldSkills UK. I’d also like to thank our employer partners for their support.”
He added: “I’m very proud of our students’ dedication, effort and high level skills. They did really well. The standard was extremely high with our teams competing against those from industry and universities.”
Paul Hayter, 18, and Bradley Ellison, 18, won a bronze medal in the mechatronics engineering category. They were tasked with solving a range of complex automation and mechatronics problems. This involved creating pneumatic and electro pneumatic circuits, PLC programming and machine optimisation.
“Competing at WorldSkills UK is such a great experience. It allows us to apply the mentoring we have had from Siemens and the training at the UTC to real competition time pressures against other very highly skilled teams. The level of competition this year was really high and the tasks challenging! I am so pleased we were able to win a medal,” said Paul, who has a place at the University of Sheffield. Bradley has gained a degree apprenticeship at SMS Automation in Barnsley.
Two more teams made up of Jack Stubbs, and Paige Hallam, and Daniel Appleton, and Chris Haywood, took part in the automation category. In addition, two teams made up of Jamie Dodds, and Devon Slack, and Andrew Deery, and Elise Tully, competed in the industrial control categories.
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For more information about the next engineering showcase events, visit www.utcsheffield.org.uk/events.
WorldSkills UK sets real work projects to test competitors’ knowledge, raising their skills levels as they embark on their careers. They also build attributes valued by employers including teamwork, time management and working under pressure. Visit https://www.worldskillsuk.org/