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Student wins Gold at WorldSkills


A Weston College student is through to the WorldSkills final in China after winning gold in the UK event.

Thomas Griffin and fellow Weston College student Jacob Skyrme made it to the UK final where they competed against six others in the web design event.

The three-day competition took place in Birmingham and assessed students’ practical skills, knowledge and employability attributes in timed conditions. More than 3,000 students started out in all categories of the UK competition, with 500 selected for the national finals.

In a first for the College, Thomas Griffin won Gold, which earns him a place in the UK squad for the international WordSkills final in Shanghai in 2021.

A delighted Thomas said: “Getting the opportunity to compete at WorldSkills is something which I am really grateful for.

“There was some tough competition but I was determined to come out on top, and showcase my web development skills.

“In managing to get a medal in my second year proves that, with enough effort and persistence, I can achieve anything.

“I could not have got this far without the support of my friends, family, and my lecturer, Jason Hill, who has been with me every step of the way.

“I am also excited about potentially representing the UK in China, which isn’t something many people can say!”

Jason Hill, HE Curriculum Co-Ordinator Applied Computing, added: “I am delighted for Thomas, and so proud of both Thomas and Jacob who did an amazing job to reach the UK final.

“They worked very hard, and proved that they are capable of work to the highest standard. We are all excited to see the next steps on their journey towards the international finals in Shanghai.”

Jacob competing

Thomas competing

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