East Durham College student Heather Patton receives her award for the beauty competition from East Durham College principal, Suzanne Duncan, and Aoc's Gillian Miller

North East Inter-College Skills Competition Celebration Event

Talented college students from across the region gathered together today to celebrate their winning efforts in the 2015/16 North East inter-college skills competitions.

The end-of-year celebration event took place at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus and saw student winners from East Durham College, Gateshead College, Hartlepool FE College, Middlesbrough College, New College Durham and Tynemet College all recognised for their fantastic achievements in winning their respective competition categories.


Students from over 15 colleges around the north east competed throughout the academic year in the 15 competition categories, including Computer Aided Design, Health & Social Care, Uniformed Public Services and Welding.


The north east region has, since the Skills Show emerged in 2012, fostered inter-college and regional skills competition events to bring together young people and employers to help students develop broader skills including building resilience and the ability to cope under pressure. The competition categories have also been aligned to the region’s economic skills priorities to enhance their impact on the skills gap.


Suzanne Duncan, Principal of East Durham College and WorldSkills Ambassador for the North East, said: “Skills competitions have a hugely important role to play in driving up teaching and coaching standards and learner aspirations.


“Students and staff value highly the opportunity to compete at a local level, and aspire to participate at the national events. 


“We continue to aim for greater links between inter-college skills competition activity and participation in WorldSkills UK national competitions and a closer fit with the economic skills priorities of the region. The North East inter-college skills competition is a great platform to prepare students and staff for the next level up at WorldSkills.”


“Last year, over 3,500 people registered to take part in WorldSkills UK competitions and at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015 the UK achieved its best ever result and was ranked seventh in the medal table. There are over 100 young people in training, as part of Squad UK, for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017 and I’m sure the North East inter-college skills competitions will help increase representation from the North East in the future.”


East Durham College student and beauty award winner, Heather Patton, added: “I loved taking part in this competition. It is a fun and exciting way to learn and it is great to be able to put in to practice what you have learnt at college against other students from around the region. 


“This is a very proud moment for me, it’s a great achievement.”