Amardeep Dadral, an Inclusive Learning student at Southall Community College, has won a Gold Medal in the Inclusive Skills ICT competition at World Skills UK Live. Amardeep represented the London Region, where ICT and English Entry Level 2 finalists from across the UK participated in the live final at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 17 November 2018.
Competitors were given 90minutes to complete a word processing task including copy typing and formatting text with the addition of inserting an image and a table for numerical and alphanumerical data.
Performing under pressure to industry-standard competition criteria the learners presented their work to an independent panel made up of representatives from business links and industry champions, who announced the winners at a celebration event.
Amardeep returned to college triumphantly with a gold medal and a certificate of participation. He said: “I feel really proud to represent my college and the London Region in this competition. I am happy and excited that I won the gold medal. I found the competition was fun. I really enjoyed myself and I had a wonderful time.”
Sajada Sajid, Head of Inclusive Learning at Southall Community College said: “The World Skills Inclusive Learning event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the skills that learners with special educational needs can offer to employers. Participating in the event has boosted Amardeep’s confidence levels and shown him that he can achieve any of his goals in the future. He truly is an inspiration to other learners in the department.”
Inclusive Skills competitions have taken place at the WorldSkills UK show since 2015 with the aim of closing the disability employment gap. Open to students with special educational needs working up to Level 1, these competitions are designed to enable young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to succeed by showcasing their skills.
The competitions also build links between further education colleges, work-based learning providers and employers across the country.