City of Glasgow College Student Jacqueline Boyd Wins UK’s largest Vocational Skills Competition
Health & Social Care student Jacqueline Boyd from Glasgow has won the Gold Medal in the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition Finals at The Skills Show. Jacqueline, who studies at the City of Glasgow College, won the accolade after beating off stiff competition from all over the UK over three days of competition at Finals, which took place from 19 to 21 November 2015 at the NEC Birmingham.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet but it already feels amazing;” explained Jacqueline after receiving her Gold Medal at the event. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of the competition, I’ve learnt so much while I was competing and the other finalist are definitely friends for life. Winning gold was so unexpected, when they announced my name I left my shoes under the table when I went on stage to collect my medal.”
Jacqueline was one of eight finalists selected from Heats held around the country throughout 2015.
The Health and Social Care Competition is managed by Profiles4Care Ltd. Managing Director Marc Jones said: “Jacqueline won against very stiff competition from the rest of the UK and until you see what is involved during the three days you don’t appreciate just how hard the competitors have to work. It is always inspiring and it’s good to know that we have supported young people ambitious in their pursuit of taking their skills to the highest level.”
The Silver Medal this year was taken by Fredrikka Walker, who trains in Coventry and the Bronze Medal was won by Aine Devlin from Northern Ireland.
WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. Through competition activity, the UK is able to share best practise in apprenticeships and vocational teaching, raising standards across the nation.
Carole Stott, Chair, Find a Future, which manages the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions said: “The Skills Show has been a great success in inspiring young people to explore different careers. By enabling them to watch the UK’s most talented competing in the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition and providing hands-on career experiences, we are able to provide them with the chance to unlock their potential and get excited about the world of work.”
The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event and helps to shape the future of a new generation. Attracting over 75,000 visitors annually, the show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work.