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Second WorldSkills UK Finals in two years for Broadstairs hospitality student

Broadstairs College Apprentice, Talis O’Brien, is getting ready to take on the best in the country, when she competes at next week’s WorldSkills UK finals.

The talented 18-year-old will be competing in the Hospitality category, showcasing her front of house skills against peers from colleges and training providers across the UK.

Talis, who is an Apprentice through EKC WorkHigher at Margate’s Buoy and Oyster restaurant, isn’t daunted by the competition though, having also competed last year.

She said: “I really enjoy skills competitions as it’s great to take on my peers, and see how they’re developing. It pushes me to hone my skills more when I see how good the other competitors are, and I’m really excited to be back at the WorldSkills UK finals this year.”

Having trained with Broadstairs College for the past three years, Talis is confident she’s got a shot at a medal this year.

“College has taught me a huge amount, and I’ve really learned to love my craft. My employer has also been incredibly supportive, with the chef teaching me things through the working day. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and can’t wait to get up there.”

The prestigious competition is often referred to as the ‘Olympics of skills competitions’ as it hosts the best in the UK in their respective categories. It takes place between Thursday 21 November and Saturday 23 November, and will see students from across the country descend on Birmingham’s NEC to compete.

EKC WorkHigher Principal Lindsey Biggs said: “It’s always fantastic to see our Apprentices pushing themselves, and developing the highest level skills. We’ll all be wishing Talis the best of luck through the competition, and can’t wait to welcome her back afterwards. I’d also like to thank Talis’ employer, for giving her so much support to develop her skills for this competition.”

EKC WorkHigher offers a wide range of Apprenticeship opportunities. If you’d like to find out more about how to become an Apprentice, take a look at https://www.ekcgroup.ac.uk/business-units/ekc-workhigher