Bedford College to take centre stage at WorldSkills UK Live

Phill with the careers map in computing at Bedford College’s riverside campus off Cauldwell Street, Bedford
Phill with the careers map in computing at Bedford College’s riverside campus

The Bedford College Group will take centre stage at the WorldSkills UK Live event in November, with IT support department member Phillippe Beall competing in the Network Systems Administrator competition and 25 students running two stands at the event.

Phillippe Beall has a genuine chance at claiming the trophy in his discipline after achieving the highest score across the county in the regional heats.

He’ll face stiff competition though with Network Systems Administrators from across the UK also with their eyes on the prize at the event on 21-23 November at the NEC Birmingham.

For over 10 years Bedford College has competed in various areas across WorldSkills competitions and has been consistently among the best in its field.

Each year students have reached the national finals, with several winning awards including a gold medal winner who qualified for the international WorldSkills finals.

While Phil will be battling it out in the competition, 25 students will be encouraging people to sign up for courses at FE colleges across two stands at the event.

“This is great showcase for us,” said head of computing Paula Hobday. “To have one of our own taking part in the finals at the event acknowledges the national standards which our students can achieve.

“To have our team and students running stands show that we are a beacon of encouragement for school children to take STEM subjects which can lead to a huge range of careers.

“The first stand is an Interpretation Space focused on hardware where students will work with visitors demonstrating how to upgrade a PC, and helping them to understand the components on the inside of a PC and the different parts that make a computer and a network work.

“The second stand is a Have A Go stand, with a number of different activities available such as 3D printing and robotics. The students will work with members of the public while they ‘have a go’ at the activities.”

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