Talented students from Trafford College have been showcasing their skills in a range of sectors in the annual Greater Manchester Colleges Group (Inter Colleges) competitions.
Member colleges welcomed GMCG partners to their campuses with each college hosting and coordinating a different skills competition over the course of last week. 59 individual competitions were hosted by 10 colleges, with more than 800 students involved.
Competitions included engineering, hosted by Trafford College; hospitality at Wigan & Leigh College; sport and public services at Bury College; hair and beauty at Oldham College; art and design at Stockport College; construction at Tameside College; digital and media at Hopwood Hall College; enterprise at The Manchester College, health and childcare at Salford College, and music and performing arts at Bolton College.
Success during the week culminated in Trafford College’s team scooping top prize in the group engineering competition where students were put to test in a number of categories including welding, electrical engineering, and body and paint refinishing.
Students were also flying high with a number of victories at other host colleges. Highlights included first place in Level 1 and 3 hairdressing, first place in public services and sport team work, overall runner-up in games design, Level 3 winner in enterprise, overall runner-up place in child care/early years, outstanding student of the health and social care competition and Level 3 runner-up in art and design.
Leah Kilvert, who took part in the winning enterprise competition, said: “The day allowed us to illustrate our skills and present in front of others who we had not met before, including local employers. Whilst we were a little nervous of this, we worked as a team and were confident that our idea was good. A great experience and a great day out too.”
Joan Scott, Assistant Principal Adult Learning and Skills, said: “These talented students work incredibly hard throughout the year and this was their opportunity to showcase their skills. Students from across all colleges made this event such a success as a result of their energy, passion and excitement for taking part in their individual competitions. We’re especially thrilled to see our students crowned overall winners in engineering, helping celebrate the Year of Engineering. Congratulations to all of the students and their colleges on another inspirational event!”