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NSETC students in WorldSkills UK final

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College students Jordan Jones, Stefan Richardson and Chris Cardwell have used their IT skills to secure places in the WorldSkills UK Web Design national final.

They have now been invited to compete against students from all over the country in the event, which will be held at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham on November 11.

This year, five out of ten of the UK finalists come from the Weston-super-Mare area, and all are taught by NSETC computing lecturer Jason Hill.

The students, who are all studying the IT BTEC extended diploma gained their places after competing in the the WorldSkills Web Design regional final, organised by Highbury College in Portsmouth, which saw entrants designing a user-friendly website from conception to completion without the use of template libraries.

Jason Hill said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all of the students and staff involved, and for the NSETC.

“We have set a new benchmark for the regional finals, with not only the scores, but also more students from the Weston College regionals making it to the final.”

Karen Cornick, principal of NSETC, which has a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), said: “We are incredibly proud of the achievements of Jordan, Stefan and Chris in the WorldSkills competition.

“As part of their course, our IT students work to several professional briefs, and their success reflects the industry focus which is central to the NSETC vision for its students.”

WorldSkills is the largest competition for vocational skills and comprises a variety of categories, including construction and building, information and communications technology, creative arts and fashion, and manufacturing and engineering technology.

The national final will require competitors to work to a previously unseen brief, and those achieving highest marks will go on to compete in the world finals in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Source: NSETC