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Students win top prizes in the Greater Manchester Skills Competitions

Posted on: 05 April 2017

Students from Oldham College are celebrating after their success in the Greater Manchester Skills Competitions held across the City Region last week.

Competing against teams from 10 colleges, the students were successful in five of the ten skills categories. The annual competition gives students the opportunity to put their technical and professional knowledge to the test in practical, hands on competitive tasks in the following areas: Engineering, Sport, Enterprise, Construction, Music & Performing Arts, Hospitality, Art & Design, Hair & Beauty, Digital & Media and Uniformed Public Services.

First year enterprise students Jake Tolchard, Calvin Kiernan, Farhana Begum, Tanbir Islam and James Burgess were awarded first prize in the Enterprise section. They had to create an idea for a health or protein bar for gym goers, including a logo, name, and a slogan. They came up with the name Elf Bar together with a logo showing a cartoon elf character. Their slogan was “Eat it, it’s elfy”. They even created a mascot as well, named Elfie. As well as winning the overall competition, their creativity and execution of the competition task also resulted in them being awarded the runner up prize in the best pitch to the judges.

Retail & Commercial learners took part in the Hair & Beauty competition, dazzling the judges to come in 1st for Level 2 Hairdressing and 2nd in Level 2 Beauty and Level 3 Nails.

Treading the boards at The Manchester College for the Music & Performing Arts competition, Oldham College students, came in as runners up in Acting Level 2.

To finish off the week, Oldham College Construction students knocked down all barriers to win the Electrical Junior category and gain 2nd place in Senior Brickwork. Abdus Samir went the extra mile to gain 1st Place in Senior Painting & Decorating, pipping fellow Oldham College student, Rebecca Hughes to the post.

Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College said “Our mantra is that student’s don’t need to fit in to be successful but need to stand out. Competitions simulate what it is like in fast paced, work places so they are an excellent grounding to develop valuable business skills that enable students to shine. I am delighted that all our students demonstrated creativity, team working, clear thinking and project management skills to do so well. Our focus is not just developing their knowledge and skills in college but making sure they can apply them in real world situations. It means than when students leave us, they are well prepared for the world of work.”

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