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Northumberland College is organising partner of national IT competition

Northumberland College is organising partner of national IT competition  
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Northumberland College is proud to be an organising partner of the national WorldSkillsUK IT competitions at The Skills Show in Birmingham later this month.


The college, which is ranked within the top 10% of colleges in England, was selected to host the IT competition on the basis of its high quality teaching staff and IT training.

39 IT enthusiasts from across the UK will be competing in the 5 competitions organised by the college - Network Infrastructure Technician, IT Support Technician, Network Systems Administrator, Network Security and IT Software Solutions for Business.

Northumberland College IT student Nathan Rose will be competing in the IT Software Solutions for Business Competition. He qualified for the final after his performance in the regional heat placed him in the top eight of competitors in the country.

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

Nathan is currently studying the second year of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT and plans to progress to university.

Toby Bell, IT Lecturer at Northumberland College and competition judge, is passionate about WorldSkillsUK and said: "WorldSkillsUK promotes excellence in vocational areas and gives students the chance to demonstrate the skills needed to compete in today's job market."

Six beauty students will also be competing in Nail Art competitions at The Skills Show.

Students Karen Harris, Leanne Gray, Rachel Pegg, Victoria Roberts, Kayleigh Tailburn and Lucy Dickinson who study the Level 2 or Level 3 Beauty Therapy courses at the college's Ashington and Hexham campuses, made it through to the final after impressing judges at the regional final in Edinburgh.

The creative nail art students will be working on a 'mystery' theme and will have to tell a story over their model's ten nails using a range of techniques including airbrushing, hand painting, embedding and 3D work.

The Skills Show, the UK's largest skills and careers event gives youngsters the chance to discover a world of opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.

Anyone who would like to find out more about college courses should visit or visit an open event at the college's Ashington or Kirkley Hall campuses on Tuesday 12 November between 4:30pm and 7pm.