Eleven talented learners from The College of North East London are to represent the College in the regional heats of World Skills UK 2009.

They are no doubt hoping to continue the run of success which CONEL learners have enjoyed in this prestigious competition.

World Skills UK provides over 70 quality-assured skills competitions. Run annually, these competitions aim to encourage young people and adults across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to excel in their vocational skill area.

The CONEL learners will be competing across three subject areas – IT, Performing Arts and Hair and Beauty.

Learners Abdalla Alkhalaf, Fritz Dixon and Zeravan Hasan will all be competing in the IT Advanced Hardware and Software Challenge which takes place in June.

Abdalla says, “Of course I am hoping to get the Gold and am practising hard. CONEL has given me so much and I want to do well so I can give something back.”

They will be tested on their practical computer trouble-shooting skills and each will be hoping to continue the run of success which CONEL IT students have enjoyed in past years. In 2008 Huseyin Chalil came away with the silver in the same category and the year before Stefan Angelov took the top position with a Gold.

Meanwhile, during May our three Performing Arts and five Hair and Beauty learners will be competing in their heats. Eunice Nantomah, Celina Agwunobi and Shani Levi-Galloway will compete in the acting competition. Christina McKenzie, Tanwa Raji and Sonia Graham will represent CONEL in the Hairdressing intermediate category, whilst Tamala Benjamin and Serena Fraser will be putting their advanced skills to the test.

As with IT, this year’s hair and beauty competitors know they have a reputation to maintain. In 2008 CONEL’s Michelle Gooden won gold at the intermediate level as did Ingrid Richards in 2007.

Kurt Hintz, Director of 14 -19 at the College says, “It’s great that we’re competing and I, and all the team here, wish these young learners lots of success. We can only send through the very best and it’s really difficult to choose when there is just so much young talent here.”

The winners of the regional competition will go forward to the national competition in 2010. The national winners then have the opportunity to compete against learners from across the world at the international competition, World Skills 2011, which is being hosted in London.

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