Appliance of science sees CNWL student reach final of UK event

College of North West London (CNWL) is proud to announce that one of its students has made to the final stage of a prestigious national competition.

Cassandra Fernandes — a first-year Level 3 Science student at the College of North West London — has been recognised by WorldSkills UK in the Laboratory Technicians Category and is in the running to take the top spot as she faces seven fellow learners from across the UK at the final event at Manchester University in November.

Cassandra’s achievement in reaching the finals is a remarkable one: competing against first-year undergraduate biomedical students; showcasing her talents in laboratory techniques, data analysis and problem-solving at Middlesex University; before getting through to the regional qualifiers last month; then becoming one of the final names to make the final eight in Manchester.

WorldSkills UK’s competitions are designed by industry experts and help young people grow personally and professionally by developing their technical and employability skills. The competition-based development programme is proven to upskill and develop young people from all backgrounds and abilities.

Robert Halfon, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, said: “Congratulations and best of luck to all of the apprentices and students competing in the national finals this year and showcasing their exceptional talents in a diverse range of skill disciplines, from manufacturing and engineering to health and social care.”

Ben Blackledge, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, said: “I offer my congratulations to all of the National Finalists. The young people that take part in our national programme are a true inspiration and demonstrate the skills we have in the UK.”

Dr Fatima Hussein¸ CNWL science lecturer, said: “Behind every successful laboratory-based endeavour is a team of skilled technicians who provide the necessary training and resources.

“Our institution boasts an excellent team of technicians who have worked tirelessly to equip our students with the practical skills and knowledge needed to excel in their field.”