Competition successes highlight learners’ skills

Several learners at Huntingdonshire Regional College have achieved a string of successes in national and local competitions during November.

HRC Supported Learning students Lawrence Speakman received a silver medal and Joseph Clark was highly commended at the inaugural Inclusive Skills Competition at the NEC, in Birmingham, on Saturday 21st November.

With more than 100 spectators and an expert judging panel looking on, the competition covered a range of skills linked to food preparation, food hygiene, health and safety, and presentation.

HRC tutor, Sue Ridley said: “It was a great learning experience for our students and their success was an incredible achievement. This is a great recognition of our students’ capabilities.

“Entering the competition was nerve-wracking for all involved but it was a huge boost to their confidence and we are all extremely proud of them.”

Meanwhile, four Beauty learners took part in the World Skills competition, also held at the NEC, with Becka Jeffries making it through to the final for the second year running.

Becka said: “It was great to be involved again. I was more confident this time and felt that my manicuring skills had really improved.”

Laurah Footer, Commercial & Enterprise Assistant Director at HRC, added: “Becka worked really hard and raised her skill level. She has also inspired current Level 2 learners with her performance and it has encouraged them to consider entering the competition themselves next year.”

And to complete the roll of success, HRC won a local inter-college bricklaying competition involving five Colleges from the region.

Individually, learners Joe Badcock and Daryl Bailey claimed first and fourth places respectively having been tasked with completing a decorative brickwork model.

Paul Greehy, HRC Brick tutor, said: “They have done themselves and the College proud.”

Jeremy Lloyd, Eastern Region Lead for Inclusive Skills competitions, added: “Our students deserve this quality recognition for meeting the exacting standards these competitions require. They have clearly demonstrated their diverse talents – well done to all.”

World Skills   Inclusive Skills - Lawrence

Inclusive Skills - Joseph  Brick


Pictured: Clockwise from top left – Becka Jeffries, Lawrence Speakman, Joseph Clark, Joe Badcock and Daryl Bailey showcase their skills.

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