Our Milburn Campus based student Alex Howe has reached the national final of the WorldSkills UK competition based at the NEC in Birmingham this November.
WorldSkills UK is a partnership between businesses, education and Governments that accelerates young people’s careers giving them the best start to work and life.
Alex, age 19, from Elveden will be competing in the Joinery category amongst seven others from colleges across the country in the competition that is held over three days.
To reach the final Alex competed in the regional Skills competition at Easton & Otley College where he came out on top after going up against others in the same category.
Alex said: “I’m really proud to be representing the college at this level and I am so grateful to Brian for putting me forward for this. It’s amazing to get the full backing of everyone at the college and whilst I am nervous I am really looking forward to the final!”
Brian Tunbridge, Lecturer in Wood Trades and who recommended Alex for the competition said: “It is fantastic to have another student going forward for this prestigious competition within 4 years from the last student that competed. Alex has shown outstanding development and epitomises some of our key character strengths including resilience, optimism, ambition and self-control. We wish him the best of luck and we will support him all the way!”
Brian continued, “I would like to thank PLACE 21 here at the college for providing invaluable funding towards this – without this we would not be able to compete.”
If Alex gets through the national final he then is invited to Shanghai in 2021 to compete in the international WorldSkills competition with the chance to be crowned world champion in his skill - as part of the Team UK 2021 squad.
With many thanks to Alex's amazing employers Trevor Vaughan Joinery and his team of super supportive tutors.