Press release - Gold, silver and bronze at UK Worldskills
Truro and Penwith College
Gold, Silver and Bronze for Truro and Penwith College in UK WorldSkills
Peter Andrews, from Hayle, has been named the ‘Best in the UK’ in Computer Games Development after winning Gold at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at this year’s The Skills Show held at the NEC in Birmingham. Peter beat 9 other students from 7 other colleges to win the gold medal and the FE Week league table placed Truro and Penwith College as the leading college in the south west.
Peter’s task within the Computer Games Development category was to create a 3D model of a nature reserve to be used in a computer game to include animals, trees, water and rocks. He had 2 ½ days to complete this project under carefully moderated conditions.
Peter joined the Computer Games Development course 2 years ago when the course was first launched by Penwith College. He is now studying the Foundation Degree in Computer Games Design at Penwith as a university student.
Armando Garcia, who taught Peter to model in 3D studio max, the software he used and the technique which won him the award, said “We are very proud of Peter’s achievement. His work has always been of a consistently high standard since he joined the course and he has won several awards within the college to reflect this. He is hardworking and dedicated but most of all loves what the does which shines through in his work. This accolade will certainly help him to stand out when he starts applying for jobs after his graduation.”
Peter said “I am overwhelmed at winning gold, beating some amazing other students from across the country. I was amazed how big this event was. I even saw the ‘dragons’ from Dragons Den. I thought I would feel under quite a lot of pressure when I was working on my model but once I got into it I was lost in my own work. I am pleased that I have done Penwith College and my amazing lecturers proud.”
Truro and Penwith College also had medal winners in the beauty categories with Victoria Perkin, from Hayle, taking Silver in Advanced Nail Art. Victoria created the 'Mysteries of Egypt' on her model Shauna Lord, with 3D nail art which demonstrated a high level of expertise. Her lecturer Sarah Reeve said “Victoria has practised over and above to produce this standard of work and I am so proud of her achievement.”
Nicola Wilton, from Bodmin, was awarded the Bronze medal in Advanced Media Make up for her work on the theme of ‘Hallucinations’, creating a dragon which demonstrated her ability to think outside the box with the use of a pair of massive wings, sculpted prosthetics, airbrushing and free hand body. Her lecturer Michelle McCoon said “I am absolutely delighted that Nicole did so well and was duly rewarded for all her hard work.”
Emma Tythcott, from St Newlyn East, placed extremely highly in the Advanced Beauty Therapy category and said “I have really enjoyed the experience and my time away competing with the team.”
David Walrond, Principal of Truro and Penwith College said “I am delighted not just for these students but also about the college’s fantastic success at an event which focuses on vocational and occupational skills. Truro and Penwith College is a tertiary college which delivers an increasing range and volume of vocational and skills based courses. It is great that this aspect of our work is now getting as much public recognition for quality and success as our more traditional academic pathways.”
Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies at Truro and Penwith College said "We are extremely proud of our students for achieving such wonderful results in the World Skills competitions. It is a reflection of their hard work, focus and commitment to learning. "
WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. The Competitions are the highlight of The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event, which took place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC Birmingham. Over 800 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners battled it out in 70 competitions ranging from Floristry to Mechanical Engineering to be named the ‘best in the UK’ in their chosen skill. Entering the WorldSkills UK competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career. Taking part enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.
Competitors from this year’s cycle of WorldSkills UK Competitions may be eligible to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years in cities around the globe and is the largest international skills competition.