Portsmouth’s Highbury College has become the only college in the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious WorldSkills UK Partner of the Year Award.

There are only four finalists nationwide and the winner will be announced on 16 March. Cathy Ellis, the College’s Director of Research & Development, said: “It’s a great honour for Highbury. We’re immensely proud of our long association with WorldSkills and the amazing successes and opportunities it’s brought for our students.”

Will Marks from Highbury’s Department of Computing, Business and Digital Technologies added: “It’s an amazing experience for the college to work with WorldSkills UK  and see first-hand the positive impact competitions have on students”.

Each year thousands of students from across the UK compete in WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, culminating in a flagship national finale at the NEC Birmingham. The competitions are designed to test competitors’ applied skills in a range of critical elements that demonstrate excellence in their chosen technical or professional skill. They play an important role in raising standards and give the participants a platform in which to test themselves against the best in their chosen sectors from colleges across the UK.

WorldSkills is a perfect fit with Highbury’s vision of preparing our students with the world class professional and technical skills they need to secure the best possible career opportunities.

It’s all about helping to introduce young people to a variety of skilled careers and equipping them with the resources they need to build a better future. Medal winners at the national competitions go forward to train with the UK WorldSkills squad for a place in the world final. The next WorldSkills final will be taking place in Abu Dubai in 2017.

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  • Date 25/02/2016