Competition day showcases student skills

The College of North West London’s Willesden Campus hosted its annual Skills Show last Wednesday. Hundreds of students and visitors from schools, other colleges and employers took part in a series of skills competitions and have-a-go activities.

The college uses the day as internal heats, with the best-performing students entered into ‘Worldskills UK’ and other national competitions for technical and professional skills. The 15 competitions on the day ranged from Bricklaying to Web Design. 

Former CNWL student and Worldskills UK Bronze Medallist Antoni Cupaiolo was on hand to judge the construction competitions. He told competitors: “Taking part in these competitions was a valuable part of my training. Pushing myself to my best is what helped me get my job with George Jackson, one of the UK’s most prestigious plastering companies.”

Judging the IT competitions was for CNWL student Yogdip Rahvani. Since leaving the College in 2015 Yogdip has founded his own successful business, First Design, with offices in the UK and India. He won a Worldskills UK Gold medal in Robotics during his time at the college, and said: “This competition day is a great way of inspiring students to aim to be the very best.”

Among the other attractions were a construction-site simulator and mechanical digger provided by plant hire specialists Flannery. Visitors had the chance to get hold of the controls of the digger, and use their skill to stack and arrange tyres. Patrick Flannery, Managing Director of Flannery Plant Hire, said: “The students had a fantastic time and it opened their eyes to career opportunities within the plant industry which has a need for more skilled workers to help fill the skills gap and support the UK investment in large infrastructure projects. We’ve supported many of these type of events across the country and we’ll continue to do so. The plant industry has a significant shortage of skilled operators and these event support young people getting into the industry.”

Skills show - simulator ride
The Flannery construction site simulator in action