Students head south to compete in national competition
Two teams of students from Bradford College will be doing more than just taking in the sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben when they head to the capital next month, as they compete to be crowned champions in a national employability competition.
The nationwide ‘Champion of Champions’, run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, is a competition that challenges teams of UK students, aged 16-25, to plan and run events at their college to help their peers develop their employability skills, whilst developing their own in the process.
The Bradford teams are two of eight finalists that have been shortlisted from across the UK and will face-off in London on Friday 24th June.
The panel of judges, who will select the winning team, includes Chief Executive Officer of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, Peter Pledger.
Graham Bailey, Student Services Manager at Bradford College, said: “The news of our short-listing is fantastic. We strive to provide the best learning experiences to enhance our students’ skills.
“This competition was a great opportunity for our students to develop their employability skills with a practical challenge. We’re proud that two teams will have the chance to showcase their event at the competition final.”
Peter Pledger, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services said: “It was great to receive so many promising entries.
“I was impressed with the hard work and creativity that went into the employability events that students came up with.
“The competition has not only encouraged students to put their employability skills into practice but also helped them think about how best to assist other students to get ready for the world of work.”
Building on the 2015 ‘Prepare for Work’ employability programme run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, the ‘Champion of Champions’ project was developed to help further education college students in the UK develop their employability skills and improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment.