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Northumberland College student is third best in country

Northumberland College student is third best in country  
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A Northumberland College student was named third best in country in the national WorldSkillsUK IT competitions at The Skills Show in Birmingham.

Nathan Rose, who is studying the second year of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, was awarded a bronze medal in the Software Solutions for Business Competition for his efforts.

19 year-old Nathan from Ashington was judged for his overall office skills during a ten hour competition held over two days where he demonstrated his skills in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

He qualified for the final after his performance in the regional heat placed him in the top eight of competitors in the country.

Beauty student Kayleigh Fairburn who studies Level 3 Nail Art at the college's Hexham campus was presented with a Highly Commended Medal of Excellence for her work in the Nail Art competition.

During the Nail Art competition, Kayleigh worked on a 'mystery' theme and told a story over her model's ten nails using a range of techniques including airbrushing, hand painting, embedding and 3D work.

Denise Dunn, Head of the Creative and Lifestyle Faculty at Northumberland College, said: "Nathan did so well to win a Bronze medal. Incidentally Gold and Silver were won by HND students so it's an indication of how well he did. He's got a bright future ahead of him.

"We are so proud of all of our students who took part in these competitions.  To make it through to the national final is a fantastic achievement in itself."
 
The Skills Show, the UK's largest skills and careers event, gave youngsters the chance to discover a world of opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.