All of the students took part in the regional finals last year and were skilled enough to beat off competition and receive their places in the finals and earn places in the Restaurant Skills category. WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, part of Find a Future, play a vital role in raising standards, esteem and levels of expertise in further education, apprenticeships and skills through competition activities and local initiatives. Taking part in WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions develops technical and personal skills, enabling students to test their knowledge against their peers and to showcase their talent.
This is the fourth year in a row that Broadstairs College have had a catering finalist at Worldskills, but this is the largest group from one department to date. Catering and Hospitality lecturer and Worldskills mentor Rob Allsworth said: "It was amazing to find out all of our students have made it through to the final and all of them have the skills to do well in the finals. We have had great success in the past with Worldskills and we are hoping this year will be the same."
Finalist Adam Davis said; "“It was great to get through and it will be good to compete against other students from across the country. It will also help me get noticed by others in the industry which should help my career prospects.”
Lauren Pitts added: "I am really excited and a bit nervous. I’d love to win but it will also give me great experience and something to put on CV when I leave college.”
Lauren, Adam and Katie are all currently in the second year of their Level 3 diploma at the College, David completed his Level 3 qualification last year and is now working full-time at The Yarrow hotel and Talis is working as an apprentice at local hotel and restaurant Albion House in Ramsgate. All five are extremely pleased to be through to the finals and are working hard on their skills in preparation for November. All of the students have plenty experience in their category with four of the finalists having worked at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and two of the finalists have also travelled to Paris to undertake work experience at the British Embassy.