Competitors looking to represent the UK in Abu Dhabi carry out training at Cornwall College.
The World Skills competition is a prestigious event entered by over 80 countries worldwide. During a hectic week, competitors take part in challenging and timely events, where the winners are awarded the honour of World Skills champions.
Cornwall College has had students enter the competition in recent years reaching national level and winning their respective discipline. Over the years the college has become known to the World Skills organisation for offering state-of-the-art facilities and career opportunities to its students.
Recently the college has hosted competitors from several disciplines including patisserie and furniture making, allowing the individuals to learn new techniques, increase knowledge and practice skills in unfamiliar surrounds, something they have to get used to.
Richard Buckingham, Course Manager for Furniture Studies, Cornwall College Camborne said, “We’ve built up a good working relationship with World Skills over the years and we welcome these young talented people from across the UK. By hosting people of this calibre, it gives our students the chance to see the quality and craftsmanship that is required to succeed in the industry and hopefully will inspire them as they progress with us”.
Jack Adams from Chichester College and member of the UK Furniture team added, “The facilities here are very good, we have lots of space to carry out our tasks, all the staff are really welcoming and it’s great to meet lots of people with similar interests”.
Used as a practice run before the national final, the furniture making team are all making the same cabinet to exacting standards. This gives them the opportunity to enhance key skills, build confidence and iron out any uncertainties with their team leader, Christian Otley.
Christian Otley, UK World Skills Training Manager and Expert for Cabinet Making said, “I heard good things about Cornwall College and knowing Richard I thought it would be a great training session to bring the team down and to see the set up. It’s essential that you take the team members out of their comfort zone and put them in unexpected places with different saws and equipment and for them to overcome any obstacles”.
Also on a dedicated learning experience were the UK Patisserie team, who took full advantage of learning from the master of confectionery arts, during a recent visit to the college.
Chloe Oswald, Patisserie student, City of Glasgow College added, “We already have our brief that we are working towards as part of the national finals, so we’re using the week to really develop our skills to maximum effect. We’ve both picked up a whole range of new techniques and tips that we’ll bring back with us. Having such great facilities and spaces to learn in is a real plus and the TV style demo kitchen is simply amazing”.
Cornwall College is very proud to have students who have won major awards across many areas and this year is once again entering two students in the Skill Build regional heat in April and has the title of best catering college in the South West.
Miriam Venner, Head of Campus, Cornwall College Camborne concluded, “We are delighted to have several of the World Skills UK teams train at our campus, it confirms our position as offering the right courses to local people and endorses our commitment to provide world class learning facilities and opportunities”.