Highbury College Portsmouth are celebrating a major hat-trick at The National Finals of the Skills Show - the nation’s largest skills and careers event that took place at Birmingham’s NEC.

Skills Show winners – Anton Williams, Tom Burton and Andrew Matthews

Golds went to Andrew Matthews for IT Support Technician and Anton Williams for Web Design, while IBM apprentice Tom Cope picked up a bronze for IT Software Solutions and Ed Leeman was Highly Commended for Web Design.

Andrew and Anton, together with fellow IT student Tom Burton are also through to the UK squad, with the possibility of competing in the WorldSkills finals in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Among the judges was another Highbury IT student, Dan Levings, who won a Medallion of Excellence for Web Design in the WorldSkills final in Sao Paolo earlier this year.

There to witness the wins after three days of intense competition was Principal Stella Mbubaegbu, who said she was incredibly proud of students and staff for such outstanding results.

Thousands of students from across the UK compete in the prestigious event.

Katie Bracher, Education and Development Manager for organiser Find a Future said it was her seventh year in competitions and her fourth Skills Show.

“Every year the standards are getting higher,” she said. “The competitors are putting so much work in, performances are getting up to international level.”

She said a massive thank you to Highbury College for all their support over the years and added: “Dan’s been absolutely brilliant, he was so shy and quiet but he’s really come out of his shell. That’s what this competition does for people – I absolutely love it.”

Showing off his bricklaying skills was another Highbury student, Karl Ward, and members of our Hair & Beauty team were also there to showcase their skills on a circus-based theme. Taking part were Courtney Brindley, Charis Chapman, Jade Hayward, Jodie Walker, Vicky Carter, Megan McGraw, Carla Grace, Thomas Heard and Declan Elphick.

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  • Date 23/11/2015