In the Health & Social Care department's first year entering WorldSkills UK, two SCG students have secured an exclusive place in the national final.
After their success in several qualifying rounds, two Level 3 Health & Social Care students will be competing at the WorldSkills UK national final on 17 and 18 November. Chloe Ann Manley, 17, and Ellie Davies, 19, have both won places among the final nine contestants in their discipline and will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals. There will be a virtual ceremony for the winners hosted by TV presenter Steph McGovern on Friday 26 November.
WorldSkills UK is designed to test students’ knowledge and ability against those who are taking the same BTEC course at other colleges. Chloe Ann and Ellie will be joining over 400 finalists across 46 disciplines, all competing in programmes designed by industry experts to test and elevate students’ practical skills, with the aim of increasing their employability.
Sarah Davies, Health & Social Care teacher, said: “We are extremely proud of the students, who have worked so hard over the past year academically, preparing for the competition and in the extracurricular activities they do to benefit the community. We are also delighted as a department as this is our first year of entering the competition.”
Chloe Ann and Ellie were encouraged to enter WorldSkills UK due to their extracurricular experience in healthcare work for St John Ambulance and the NHS respectively.
Chloe Ann explained: “I’m the regional district cadet of the year for St John Ambulance and what that means is that I have quite a lot of clinical experience, as well as a lot of skills that I’ve acquired through just talking to people. When my tutor found out about my volunteering, she thought the WorldSkills Show would be a brilliant way to show my transferrable skills and work on my personal development through something that’s almost like clinical practice.”
Both students felt like their time at college had prepared them well to take part in such a challenging competition, with Ellie saying: “I’m really enjoying the course: the teachers are amazing, and I’ve greatly improved my theory and practical skills in the subject.”
If the students win the national final, the next stage is competing internationally in their discipline.
The Health & Social Care department would like to thank Arjo Global for their support.