College’s record number of students in WorldSkills squad

College’s record number of students in WorldSkills squad

Three students from Tameside College selected for prestigious WorldSkills UK ‘squad’ after competition successes.

Caitlin Kelly, a former hospitality and catering student at the college and Ben Love and Lucy Yelland, both current apprentices, have been chosen to compete in the next stage of the ‘skills Olympics’.

The prestigious competitions, which take place annually, are designed to find the very best student talent in subject areas ranging from construction and engineering to catering, hospitality and hair and beauty.

Caitlin, who is a former St Thomas Moore School pupil, was awarded gold in the UK finals of the competition, in the restaurant service category, whilst Ben and Lucy took silver in mechatronics.

All three students will now go through a series of boot camps and training with the college in preparation for the European WorldSkills competition in September 2023 in Poland. If successful, the students could eventually be selected for the WorldSkills finals in 2024.

Tameside College students now make up three out of the four competitors from the north west in the UK squad.

After leaving the college Caitlin has gone on to have a successful career working at the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa at Bolton Abbey. Ben and Lucy are currently employed as apprentices with Siemens Engineering, whilst studying at the college.

Jackie Moores, principal and CEO at Tameside College recently met with Caitlin in the college’s Restaurant at Tameside One to congratulate her on her recent victory, present a hamper and discuss how the college can support her during the competition.

Jackie Moores, said: “I am absolutely delighted that our students have been selected to join the WorldSkills UK squad, it’s a massive achievement. I would like to wish a huge congratulations to Caitlin, Lucy and Ben and the best of luck to them during their training. This shows that the college is committed to the development of our students and is up there with some of the best training providers in the UK.””

Lucy, who is currently studying a degree apprenticeship with the college and Siemens, said: “I’m really elated and surprised at what we’ve achieved and how well we’ve done in the WorldSkills competition. It was an amazing experience to compete in such a big event and I’m looking forward to being a part of the WorldSkills UK team.”

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