Creative Media Foundation Skills Learners Reach The WorldSkills UK Final!

Sean and Tysha, both currently studying on the Creative Media Foundation Skills programme at Preston College, have secured their place in the WorldSkills UK final, taking place in Cardiff in November 2022.

Successfully progressing through the online qualifiers and semi-finals, which saw them re-design and market a chocolate bar, the pair now join over 500 finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze at the event.

The 2022 WorldSkills UK competition will take place in venues that span the four corners of the UK, with Sean and Tysha flying the flag for Preston as the only two competitors from the College to reach the grand finals.

Designed to boost skills and confidence, the WorldSkills UK platform also presents additional opportunities for competitors who impress to represent the UK at the ‘Skills Olympics’ in France in 2024.

Ben Blackledge, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of WorldSkills UK said:

“I want to offer my congratulations to everyone who registered for our competitions this year, especially those who are now going on to compete in November’s finals. We are really excited to be taking the show on the road again this year with finals hosted by colleges across the UK.

Our competitions and competition-based development programmes equip apprentices and students with the lifelong, world-class skills that will help increase UK productivity and competitiveness.”

Fiona Birtchet-Sharpe, Head of School and WorldSkills UK Project Lead at Preston College commented:

“Reaching the final of the WorldSkills UK competition is a brilliant achievement for our learners. To have their work, skills and commitment recognised, alongside the opportunity to compete on a national stage is a unique opportunity, which really adds value to their continued learning.

As a provider, we are proud to be working with the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence to enhance our teaching and innovation and provide our learners with high quality technical skills and exposure to real-life work environments.”

The overall winners will make a trip to Channel 4 on Friday 25th November 2022, to meet former apprentice and TV journalist, Steph McGovern, who will hand out medals from her ‘Packed Lunch’ studio.

Good luck to all competitors, but of course – that extra little bit of ‘good luck’ goes to our two finalists, Sean and Tysha!


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