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Students Excel at WorldSkills UK Live National Finals

Two West London College students competed at the WorldSkills UK national finals last week. Max Dandy and Sam Dixon, carpentry students at West London College competed against the UK’s top carpenters during the event, which took place from 15-17 November at the NEC in Birmingham and saw 85,000 visitors over three days. The eight finalists were tasked with the construction of a complex frame to include a roof, a set of stairs and a swing in only 18 hours.

Max Dandy, Joe Needham and Sam Dixon
Max Dandy, Joe Needham and Sam Dixon

After a difficult deliberation, Max was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate and Sam Dixon came in fifth place. Max said: “I am really pleased to have won Highly Commended and for having completed the project, it was a true test of my abilities, skills and knowledge. I had a great experience and would like to compete once again next year.”

Noel Hall, West London College Carpentry Lecturer attended the event with the students. He said: “I am very proud of our learners, they both enjoyed the experience and completed their project to a high standard. They were happy with the training they received in preparation for the competition and did extremely well.”

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Congratulations to Max Dandy and Sam Dixon, it is a fantastic achievement. The competition was fierce and the standards were very high. All of your hard work and dedication has been rewarded and we at WorldSkills UK salute you.”

WorldSkills UK competitions run in over 60 skill areas where 500 finalists battle it out in 70 different disciplines, in a bid to be the best in the country. The show aims to inspire students with the latest training, education and job opportunities helping young people to find jobs and careers advice, apprenticeships, training, and further education.

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