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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London's Games Development learner Andre Ferreira, has won the Silver medal at this year's WorldSkills UK final in Birmingham (14 - 16 November). Andre competed against 9 other finalists out of over 200 entries from 38 UK colleges over 3 days at NEC Birmingham to bring back his well-earned and coveted prize of a Silver Medal.

Earlier in the year, Andre won a speed modelling competition, competing against 50 other Games Development learners across London.

Andre (17) who formerly attended local secondary school Park View Academy where he studied IT joined the College last year. Impressed by the Games Development course's excellent reputation, Andre is now in the second year of his course. His tutor Gary Beswick, put him forward to enter the World Skills competition due to his impressive ability.

On winning Silver, Andre said: "The skills I picked up during the competition were amazing and it has made me a much better modeller. I also learnt that you need to be very flexible to meet deadlines. The experience was unique and if I could do it again I would!"

The College's Games Design course gives students industry standard skills in the development of computer games. Learners study games design, 3D modelling and games environments so that they can create games of their own from an initial idea to the final product. Students learn how to use industry standard software such as Autodesk Maya 3D, used on films, such as, Avatar and Toy Story. Students also create their own 3D computer games using the UNITY 3D games engine.

Jane O'Neill Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: "The College has an excellent track record in Games Design and Animation, putting us at the forefront of colleges nationally. I am thrilled that Andre won Silver at World Skills and I am sure he has a great career ahead of him."

Last year the College also produced award winning students at World Skills UK.

Dominic L'Esprit brought back bronze and Michael Elesheku was Highly Commended for the quality of their work in Games Design.

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Editors Notes

The finals of all WorldSkills UK skills competitions took place as part of The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham 14 - 16 November 2013.

Over 75,000 visitors attended World Skills UK and experience not only the skills competition finals in over 70 skills, but Have a Go, Showcases, Spotlight sessions, industry features, impartial careers advice and much more.

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