Moulton College furniture student Ciaran Baggott has secured a place in the Furniture and Cabinet Making Finals of the World Skills UK competition. Ciaran is one of only four other competitors in the country who has made it through to the final stages.
“I’m so thrilled to have made it to the finals of World Skills! I’ve always enjoyed building things and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being able to create a unique piece of furniture in a competitive environment. Whilst at times it has been intense, I’ve strengthened my skills in time management and problem solving which will stand me in good stead for the future. I’m excited to compete in the next stage of the competition, and I’m eager to get started!”
World Skills is an independent charity championing best practice to raise standards in apprenticeships and technical education. The World Skills UK competition is an annual event, designed by industry experts to demonstrate talent in a particular vocational skill. Individuals or teams compete against one another to showcase their skills based on real life industry-based scenarios. Every individual who takes part in the competition is scored against a set of agreed criteria, with the highest scoring individuals or teams making it through to the next stage.
Each year, Moulton College furniture students compete in the Furniture and Cabinet Making element of the competition, and this year had the task of producing a cabinet to exacting specifications. Students had six hours to complete the task under strict exam type conditions.
Matt Cappell, Head of Construction at Moulton College said:
“These competitions are a fantastic way for our students to build on their technical skills and develop their ability to work under pressure. It’s also a positive challenge for them to work alongside a high calibre of talent at a national level. I’m proud of all of our students who were involved in this year’s competition, not least Ciaran for making it to the finals! Not only did he have to complete a timed assessment, but take an online exam that tested his knowledge and understanding of furniture and cabinetmaking. We’re all behind Ciaran as he makes his way to the finals.”
The finals of the competition will take place at the National Construction College (East) site in Bircham Newton, Norfolk on 16 – 18 November.
For more information about World Skills visit www.worldskillsuk.org/
For more information about Furniture Studies at Moulton College visit www.moulton.ac.uk