The inaugural Intercollege Championship recently took place between the Grimsby Institute and Rotherham College . The competition saw over 320 learners compete in 39 competitions across 15 curriculum areas including Art and Design, Fabrication and Welding, Brickwork and Sport.
The tasks set by the Institute’s staff teams saw learners compete in a pressured environment, the end result of which was judged by members of staff and local employers with learners awarded first and second place certificates and medals. The competition has been devised to prepare learners for real competition in the work place and to benefit from learning and working under pressure.
Grimsby Institute CEO Gill Alton said: “The championship gives learners a chance to compete with their peers and really showcase their talent. Working in partnership with Rotherham College enables learners to work with their peers, but adds an unknown quantity and an extra dimension to competition work.”
Gill went on to say: “This is the first competition of its kind that we have hosted here at the Grimsby Institute with the first leg here, and will see learners travelling to Rotherham College for the deciding final”.
Zane Shuttlewood, 1st prize winner in the Fabrication and Welding category competed in a group of eight learners all of which had to weld four pieces of metal to the judge’s specifications. After a practice run in the morning the learners then headed into competition mode in a timed challenge throughout the afternoon. Zane, who was convinced one of his friend’s had actually won the competition was surprised but very happy to find out he’d actually won.
The prize certificates and medals were presented by Grimsby Town Football Club star Shaun Pearson, who himself was presented with a celebratory cake, prepared by the Institute’s Hospitality Team in congratulations of Grimsby Town’s successful play off final at Wembley.
Championship sponsors Stafforce, who have offices both in Rotherham and Grimsby, then took over the helm with Vicky Milne, Business Account Manager, handing out the final prizes to learners with much enthusiasm and support from the crowd.
The final scores after both days saw Grimsby Institute announced the winner with an overall score of 264 points and Rotherham College coming a close second with 204.
The championship which was hugely popular with staff and learners will now become an annual event promoting positive relationships with both Rotherham College and other partners.