NE Inter-College Skills Competition Celebration Event

Talented college students from across the region gathered together today to celebrate their winning efforts in the 2016/17 North East inter-college skills competitions.

The end-of-year celebration event took place at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus, and saw student winners from New College Durham, East Durham College, Gateshead College, Hartlepool FE College, Middlesbrough College, and Tynemet College all recognised for their achievements in winning their respective competition categories.

Over 120 students, from 12 colleges across the North East, competed throughout the academic year in a range of competition categories. New College Durham students scooped first place in five categories, more than any other college across the North East. The winners were Mitchell Hodgson for Carpentry; Dale Robinson for CAD; Kaitlyn Parkinson, Shauna Ather and Sarah Whittle for Health and Social Care; Bethany Newton and Darren Ellis for Art and Design; and Lewis McLean for Motor Vehicle.

23-year-old Dale Robinson from Bishop Auckland won the Inter-College Engineering CAD skills competition, which was held in the new Advanced Manufacturing Centre at New College Durham last month. Dale is employed as a trainee Design Engineer at Tekmar Ltd in Newton Aycliffe and is studying for HNC Mechanical Engineering at New College Durham as a day-release. He said:

“This is the third year in a row I have won the CAD Inter-College Skills Competition so I was very pleased to retain my title. I had to produce an Air Engine design using 3D Inventor CAD software to create 3D models, assemble the models and then produce assembly drawings.”

Over the last few years, colleges in the North East have fostered inter-college and regional skills competition events to bring together young people to help them develop broader skills, including building resilience and the ability to cope under pressure.

The North East competition categories have also been aligned to the region’s economic skills priorities to enhance their impact on the skills gap.

Lindsay Deswert, Skills and Employability Lead at New College Durham, said:

“Skills competitions help to raise the standards of teaching and coaching and increases students’ confidence and aspirations. We are delighted to have a number of winners to celebrate their fantastic achievements at the event today.”

The North East Inter-College Competition 16-17 full list of winners:

Music Final – 6th April 2017

Winners:  Gateshead – Verity Alderman, Joe Hodgson, Jamie Martin, Zoe McStea, Megan Berridge, Alexander Hall, Elizabeth Liddle

Hairdressing Final – 27th March 2017

Winner:  Hartlepool – Sarah O Donovan

Beauty Final – 27th March 2017

Winner:  Middlesbrough – Leila Pryszlak

Media Make-up – 26th March 2017

Winner:  Hartlepool – Katie Pounder

Carpentry Final – 28th April 2017

Winner:  New College Durham – Mitchell Hodgson

Painting & Decorating – 26th April 2017

Winner:  Newcastle College – Ben Parker 

CAD – 28th April 2017

Winner: New College Durham - Dale Robinson

Health & Social Care – 29th March 2017

Winner:  New College Durham – Kaitlyn Parkinson, Shauna Ather, Sarah Whittle

Plumbing – 3rd May 2017

Winner:  East Durham College – Josh Wilkinson

Art & Design – 28th April 2017

Winner: New College Durham – Bethany Newton, Darren Ellis

Inclusive Skills – 17th March 2017

Winner:  East Durham College – Gemma Adams

Brickwork – 28th April 2017

Winner: Sunderland College – Jordan King

Motor Vehicle – 31th March 2017

Winner: New College Durham – Lewis Mclean

Welding – 6th April 2017

Winner:  Middlesbrough – Logan Murray

Catering – 3rd March 2017

Winner:  Darlington – Hanna Southern, Lewis Welburn