Pauline Chisolm Lynsey Bisset Suzanne Duncan Paul Grey Bradley Crake Lynn Kimpton

Day Of Competition Helps Students Excel

Thu, 2002-06-27 01:00

Last week saw East Durham College host a special WorldSkills International training event to help prepare its students for future competitions in vocational skills.

The event at the Peterlee Campus saw students from three areas of the College, hairdressing, brickwork and arboriculture, go head-to-head in competitions set by East Durham College tutors under the guidance of WorldSkills representatives.

The main aim of the day was to demonstrate to tutors new ways of teaching their students through tasks of a competitive nature; and also to get the students thinking about competing in future WorldSkills regional qualifiers and hopefully beyond.

Hairdressing student Lynsey Bissett, 31, from Peterlee, Brickwork student Bradley Crake, 16, from Trimdon, and Arboriculture student, Paul Grey, 28, from Washington, all came out on top in their respective fields with first place wins.

The day was set up and watched over by Institute for Learning co-ordinator Pauline Chisolm and WorldSkills UK performance coach Lynn Kimpton, who has recently just returned from the WorldSkills games championships held in Leipzig, Germany in the summer.

Lynn hoped the day would give staff ideas on new ways to challenge their students and also make the students think more about going into competitions to help improve their skills and confidence in their own abilities.

Lynn said: “These days are fantastic for both the staff and students at the College.

“With the day, we aim to help staff members that may have not looked at competitions in their specific curriculum area before and to give them new ways to look at using these methods in teaching their subjects.

“We believe that bringing these challenge-based tasks to the classroom can really help challenge the students and can also make the students work harder due to the competitive nature of being pitted against their friends and peers.

“Hopefully the day has been something different and made the students want to compete in our WorldSkills regional and national qualifiers and one day we will hopefully see some students from East Durham College be part of a UK team competing at an international event.”

Over its 60 year history, WorldSkills International (formerly known as the "Skill Olympics") has come to symbolise the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training. Every two years hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather together from around the world to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards.

The next WorldSkills finals will be held in 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil.