The UK industry’s most talented learners, apprentices and technicians were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition – with six of the seven girls competing in Semta’s engineering competition making it on to the podium.
Katie Goodwill, Rolls-Royce plc, and Christine McDowell, Belfast Metropolitan College, struck gold, Eva Blessing Onyelou, Middlesex University, and Hannah Frost, UTC Sheffield, took silver while Nicole Catney of Belfast Metropolitan College and Kendal Irvine of JCB Transmissions were awarded Bronze in Semta’s engineering competitions, which saw 116 regional heat winners battle it out for medals.
They were among more than 500 talented young people who took part in competitions covering 61 different skills over three days at Birmingham’s NEC in front of thousands of visitors.
Independent judges assessed the work of competitors and the winners were presented with their medals at The Medal Ceremony on Saturday evening (19 Nov).
Ann Watson, Chief Executive of Semta, the organising partner for 13 of the engineering competitions on behalf of WorldSkills UK, said, “It is fantastic to see so many talented young engineers being recognised for excellence and especially pleasing to see more girls than ever before making it on to the podium in our competitions. To compete in front of tens of thousands of visitors and then win a medal is a tremendous achievement. I am very encouraged by the standards set and congratulate not just the winners but all those who took part, showcasing their skills and hopefully inspiring the next generation into a career in engineering.”
The engineering competitions run by industry skills specialist Semta are: Aeronautical Engineering (Avionic), Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical), CNC Milling, CNC Turning, Industrial Electronics, Mechanical Engineering: CAD, Mechatronics, Robotics, Construction MetalWork, Sheet MetalWork, Welding and the Manufacturing Team Challenge.
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