Bury College students are celebrating incredible competition success after battling it out against colleges from across Greater Manchester during the prestigious skills competitions.
Over the course of a week, competitions took place at colleges’ across Greater Manchester in a range of areas including Joinery, Plumbing, Carpentry, Catering, Sport, Public Services, Travel and Tourism, Hairdressing, Beauty and Art.
The competitions were an exciting opportunity for students to compete against peers from across different colleges and for them to showcase and further develop their range of skills.
Amongst the range of areas to claim a top prize was UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and Interactive Media who won first place in the GMCG Graphic Design Competition. They were praised for creating a captivating campaign which raised awareness of mental health issues in youth through the use of social media. Jona Bacon, Jasmine Watson and Jack Olds Belluci were delighted to be recognised for their creativity and use of imagination.
Jona Bacon, 17 years old studying the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games Design and a former Philips High School pupil said of the groups remarkable success, “We were so happy to win! During the competition we developed our team work skills and confidence. It was great to meet new people and learn how to work under pressure. Our course at Bury College is really varied and a great start to our careers.”
Over in the Construction department, students impressed judges with their impeccable eye to detail and extremely high standard of work. Learners were awarded with junior first place and senior second place in Bricklaying and Carpentry and Joinery secured senior second place in Carpentry as well as a first place position in senior Bench Joinery. In Plumbing, a junior second place position was also achieved.
17-year-old Sean Sutton, a former St Monica’s RC High School pupil who is studying Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery was delighted to claim first place in the Joinery category. Sean said, “I had three hours to draw and make a frame. I am really happy to have won! I was also presented with free tools for achieving a gold medal!”
Former Bury Church of England High School pupil, 17 years old Bailey Simms was equally as happy to achieve second position in the Plumbing competition. The Level 1 Plumbing student added, “It was a great event and I was very pleased to come second! We were tasked to build a copper frame and soldered metal and bent pipes to create the frame. I am really enjoying my Bury College course and like learning new skills that can help me in the future.”
Syed Bukhari, 18 years old and a former Kingsway Park High School pupil, who came away with second place in the senior Bricklaying competition, said of his success, “The event was challenging as there was a lot of competition. I felt like the pressure was on because there were so many participants. I love my course at Bury College!”
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