The eight finalists competing for the title of WorldSkills UK Health and Social Care Champion 2016 are announced today. WorldSkills UK is part of the world’s largest vocational training competition and this year’s final will take place in front of over 75,000 people at The Skills Show, which is being held at Birmingham’s NEC on 17th – 19th of November.
The competition aims to find the best adult health and social care students and workers in the country. During the five qualifying heats, 60 students and trainees from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales demonstrated their health and care sector skills in a mix of written tests and live activities, devised by Competition Organising Partner www.Profiles4Care.com, to replicate situations which health and social care workers would be expected to face in their everyday roles.
This year’s finalists are:
• William Malcher – South Devon College
• Rhianna Berry – Boston College
• Rachael McCullough – Southern Regional College
• Ashleigh Brown – Shipley College
• Fallon Barron – Shipley College
• Carole Langmead – The Skills Group
• Shaney Sloan – College of West Anglia
• Mared McNally – Coleg Sir Gar
“WorldSkills UK inspires young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. The health and social care sectors are extremely challenging environments to work in and it’s more important than ever that staff who do deliver excellent health care have the opportunity to demonstrate this, inspire others and receive recognition for it through the competition,” said Marc Jones, Director of www.Profiles4Care.com.
Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “I wish all the competitors the best of luck as they prepare to compete at The Skills Show. Our research shows that WorldSkills UK Competitions teach young people the employability skills that businesses are crying out for. By devising and managing skills competitions that are based on international standards, we can ensure more young people are being equipped with the right skills to help UK businesses better compete globally.”