Two budding horticulturists from Highbury College (part of City of Portsmouth College) triumphed at the national WorldSkills UK finals on Friday 26th November winning gold and silver medals.

Duo triumph at WorldSkills UK

Kevin Stubbs rose to the occasion bagging the gold medal, closely followed by teammate Dean Roberts who was awarded silver in the Horticulture Foundation Skills category.

The green fingered finalists travelled to Llanrumney Hall in Cardiff to complete various elements of soft landscaping, including bed preparation, hanging basket design and pot planting.

Kevin said: “Winning gold felt really good and it really boosted my confidence. That’s the best thing about WorldSkills, it gives you so much confidence. I could see all the other competitors getting more confident during the day too.”

The World Skills UK Foundation Skills competitions showcase the skills of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), additional learning needs (ALN), or who require additional support for learning (ASL).

The pair improved on their 2019 appearance where they scooped silver and bronze in the same category.

Dean said: “Entering WorldSkills has changed my life massively. I’m now hoping for a career in horticulture and the whole experience has been amazing.”

Interim CEO of City of Portsmouth College, Graham Morley said: “I passionately believe in providing our students with the opportunity to shine in competitions such as these. These talented young men have proven they have what it takes to excel on the national stage and Kevin and Dean have done the College proud.

“I’d also like to thank the tutors who have gone above and beyond to support Kevin and Dean on their journey to success. These are challenging times and experiences such as these are vital to develop independence, personal, social and wider vocational skills for work.

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  • Date 02/12/2021