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Preston College Staff Continue Worldskills UK Success

Following student success at WorldSkills UK (read the full story here), four staff members at Preston College have successfully completed their WorldSkills UK Developing Skills Excellence programme, further cementing the college as a provider of excellence in technical education.

WorldSkills UK supports young people across the country via competitions-based training, assessment and benchmarking, ultimately testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in the biennial ‘Skills Olympics’ for successful competitors.

Fiona Birtchet-Sharpe, WorldSkills UK Project Lead at Preston College said; “The insights staff and students gain from training as part of this global network helps us raise standards across the UK. The completion of this programme by our staff means they can continue to work closely with WorldSkills Educators and filter down the skills and expertise recognised by WorldSkills, ultimately aiming to raise the aspirations and skills of all young students in the development of their technical skills.”

The overall ambition for the college is to grow the skills excellence within each sector, hopefully culminating in students gaining the confidence and higher skills needed to excel in the WorldSkills UK regional and national competitions.

Preston College students are competing in the finals of WorldSkills UK in November across four different disciplines.

From left to right: Liam Doherty (Classroom Based Quality Manager), Amy Calderbank (Curriculum Lead – Science), Fiona Birtchet-Sharpe (Preston College WSUK Lead), Louise Doswell (Principal & Chief Executive at Preston College), Mandy Greenall (Tutor – Hairdressing) and Jason Crumblehulme (Tutor – Trowel Operations)