College students face off in employer-backed skills competition

By Tim Aldred

02 Apr 2024

Lancashire Skills Competition

The first ever Lancashire College Skills Competition brought together students from across the region to put their knowledge and technical skills to the test. 

Held over two weeks, the programme was delivered by a partnership of nine of Lancashire’s colleges, who each hosted a different competition, seeing their ‘home team’ competing against those from other colleges to demonstrate key skills.

Each competition was judged by a panel involving key local employers, with medals being awarded to the winners and runners-up, as well as special ‘Rising Star’ awards for the individual students that showed the most potential.

Tasks ranged from designing and coding a computer programme to providing healthcare in a hospital setting to dummy patients.

 

Competition   First place   Second place   
AutomotiveBlackburn CollegeBlackpool & The Fylde College
Early years and childcareWest Lancashire CollegeBlackburn College
Health and social careNelson and Colne CollegeBlackburn College
EngineeringWest Lancashire CollegeRunshaw College
SportRunshaw CollegeNelson and Colne College
Young enterpriseAccrington & Rossendale CollegeBurnley College
Hair and beautyBlackpool & The Fylde CollegePreston College
DigitalNelson and Colne CollegePreston College
ConstructionBurnley CollegeAccrington & Rossendale College

 

The judges named Alfie Collis as a ‘Rising Star’ due to his attention to detail and commitment to sticking to the brief.

This year’s Lancashire Colleges’ Skills Competition Programme was sponsored by the Lancashire Skills Hub and Future U.

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