Three learners from The College of North East London (CONEL) have reached the national finals of the prestigious World Skills UK 2009, and will compete for top titles this summer.

Shani Levy-Galloway, Abdallah Alkhalaf and Tamala Benjamin have each secured top positions in the regional heats by displaying their vocational skills prowess in their area of specialism - Performing Arts, IT and Hairdressing respectively.

Shani Levy-Galloway, who graduates from her BTEC National Certificate in Performing Arts in July, clinched her place in the final with her monologue from Philip Ridley’s play The Pitchfork Disney. Shani, who travelled to Nottingham to compete in the performing arts regional heat, says of her success “I was very excited but nervous at the same time. This is the first competition I’ve entered, and now I’ve got through I really do want to win!”

Shani, who already has a place at drama school, is now rehearsing hard so she can give the performance of her life at the finals in early July. Along with Abdallah and Tamala, she will be representing CONEL against other regional winners from across the UK. We certainly wish them all the best of luck.

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.

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