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12 September 2017

Two of our students have qualified for the prestigious WorldSkills national finals, and will now get to show their skills at The Skills Show in Birmingham.

Kamal Thapa and Joe Needham, both 20,  will be taking their skills to the next level when they take on the best in the nation at WorldSkills UK at the NEC Birmingham in November. Kamal and Joe beat out hundreds of competitors from around the country to qualify for the final and are the only students from London in their respective categories to do so.

Joe, an apprentice with Raphael Contraction limited will compete in carpentry, while level four engineering student Kamal will compete in industrial electronics at the competition which brings the best young apprentices and tradespeople from across the UK to compete in a wide range of trades and disciplines from building and bricklaying to 3D animation and fine jewellery making.

Joe is no stranger to the WorldSkills event after receiving a Highly Commended at the national event in Birmingham last year. This year he will be gunning for the top national prize after comfortably winning his carpentry regional heat at Acton Construction in STEM Centre back in May this year.

“I really enjoy competing in WorldSkills and it looks great on your CV. I’m looking forward to going back to nationals this year after competing last year. The competition has a really good atmosphere and really stretches your ability. My teachers at College are really helpful in getting us ready for it and incredibly supportive the whole way.

“WorldSkills is a great competition and I’d recommend it to any other young tradespeople”

Joe Needham Skillbuild

Above: Joe hard at work during his heat

For Kamal, this will be his first WorldSkills event after he qualified through a heat at Alton College involving C++ programming, printed and breadboard circuit construction, and a written test. In the past two years he has completed level 2 and level 3 in Electronic Engineering at Acton Construction and STEM Centre, and is now starting his first year at Kingston University.

Kamal says:

“I’m very happy with my heat result and looking forward to the national final. It was very interesting to learn new software for the competition and have the opportunity to take part in the heat. I was very flustered during the exam, especially the C++ section, but I was really happy with my result.

“For the final I’m going to learn more about the software we’re using and go over all my notes from the year. I know It will take everything I’ve learnt over my third year at West London College to be successful.”

Lloyd Davis, Head of Curriculum for Construction, STEM & Engineering at West London College said:

“Joe and Kamal are both very bright young students who have done extremely well to make the finals of the WorldSkills competition. The College is very proud of what they’ve achieved, and we very much look forward to supporting them in Birmingham later this year.”

“WorldSkills is an incredible event and we take a lot of pride in hosting the local regional heat at Acton each year. The calibre of talent is very high across the board and does a great job of boosting the skills quality”

Carpenters and engineers are in great demand all over London, and the skills you'll learn are transferable almost anywhere. Find out more about construction at wlc.ac.uk/courses/construction and engineering at wlc.ac.uk/courses/automotive-engineering