Tameside College announced as WorldSkills UK host

Tameside College announced as WorldSkills UK host

Tameside College has been announced as one of the hosts for a prestigious student skills competition.

The college has been selected to host the engineering category in the WorldSkills UK finals, in November 2023.

WorldSkills UK is an annual competition, described as the ‘skills Olympics’, which sees thousands of students compete across dozens of subject specialties; to find the best talent across the country and showcase the skills they have learnt during their studies.

Students who succeed in the WorldSkills UK competition can progress onto the international event, which will be hosted in Shanghai in 2026.

The college will be hosting the CNC turning, CNC milling and the manufacturing team challenge categories, with these taking place in the college’s state of the art advanced technologies centre. The £10 million facility, which contains the latest robotics, manufacturing and electronics equipment, was selected as the ideal location for the event.

Jackie Moores, principal and CEO at Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “As a college we are extremely pleased and proud to be hosting a part of this competition. WorldSkills contributes massively to students’ success each year and showcases everything that is positive about the FE sector. I can’t wait to see our facilities buzzing with activity during the event.”

The competition follows on from the recent launch of the Greater Manchester Institute of Technology (GMIoT), on Wednesday 17th May, which aims to develop students’ higher level vocational skills and provide employees with skilled talent in the local area.

“The WorldSkills UK competitions are a brilliant way for students and apprentices to develop their skills and push themselves to be the very best they can. We are working hard in Greater Manchester to create opportunities for young people to develop high-level technical skills. WorldSkills UK along with the the GMIoT and Greater Manchester Baccalaureate for technical education are helping us achieve our ambitious plans to ensure young people in the city-region are given the tools they need to achieve their career aspirations.

“We are all really excited that we will be welcoming students and apprentices from across the UK to showcase the very best of their skills and inspire young people in the region.”

Tameside College is one of nine institutions across Greater Manchester hosting the competitions, including: The Manchester College, The University of Manchester, Oldham College, Mantra Training, Rochdale Training, The University of Salford, Trafford College and Wigan and Leigh College.

The college has already seen success during WorldSkills UK in recent years, with several students in the hospitality, engineering and plumbing categories reaching regional heats and national finals.

To find out more about courses at Tameside College, visit the college website or call 0161 908 6600.

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