Four Level 3 Computing learners from the Grimsby Institute are celebrating their triumphant return from the WorldSkills UK computing competitions where they were placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd in Advanced Web Development and 2nd Place in Software Solutions for Business.
The competitions are part of the international WorldSkills competitions, take place every year and learners from across the UK compete against each other in skills based competitions, culminating in the National Final in November.
During the Regional Heats, that took place at Northumberland College, Alex Volley, a former learner at Caistor Yarborough School, took 1st Place in Advanced Web Development, with Corey Cross taking 2nd Place and Jake Young 3rd Place in the same competition. Curtis Bloomfield was awarded 2nd Place in Software Solution for Business.
James Jackson, Programme Leader for Computing, said: “Competitions like this give our learners the ability to understand what it’s like out there in the workplace. When working we try to better and improve ourselves and this gives learners the chance to see how they stand when they go up against people who will be entering the job market at the same time as they are.
I’m exceptionally proud of these guys, as always. It was a long drive there and back and despite feeling tired they still did themselves proud.
Nineteen-year-old Alex Volley, who won the Regional Heat of the Web Development Competition, said: “Going out and getting skills like this makes us instantly more employable. Doing activities outside of the Institute really helps to build our confidence too. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed doing it, it feels pretty good to have won.”