A former student and current apprentice from Cornwall College took part in the WorldSkills UK competition in Birmingham over the weekend, winning both gold and bronze in their respective categories.
Gathered at the NEC in Birmingham were apprentices and young tradespeople from all over the UK, showcasing their skills to become the best in the country in one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind.
Winning gold at her first attempt was Louise Wilson from Leedstown who studied the YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training at Cornwall College Camborne.
“This has been one of the hardest and full-on programmes I’ve ever had to deliver, but the experience has still been amazing and I can’t believe that I’ve won gold, I’m so happy”.
“It feels absolutely fantastic to win after months of hard work and a competition journey that began back in April. I am absolutely honoured as the standard across the finalists was so high.
Louise who completed her fitness course earlier this year, has established a new fitness business called Elemental Fitness Cornwall. She has a growing client base and travels around the duchy teaching and coaching.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in fitness and for a long time wanted to be a trainer,” she said.
“Winning this competition is really going to help me and my business grow”.
“I’m hugely excited about the future. Switching from a 20-year career in the international charity sector to launch my business was a huge leap of faith. Now I really feel like I’ve made the right choice and can’t wait to focus on building the business and supporting more people to reach their health and fitness goals”.
Claire Attenbury, Cornwall College Camborne, Tutor Sports and Fitness added, “We are all thrilled that Louise came first, she really has put the effort in and always gives a hundred percent in everything she does.
“We wish her all the best for the future” said Claire.
Also taking part in the national finals was apprentice student Tom Pearce, who is on his final year of the Level 3 Furniture and Cabinet making course at Camborne.
Over the weekend Tom delivered an exceptional piece of work building a set piece from plans first seen on the day, winning bronze in the Furniture Making category against very strong competition.
“This was my second time at the finals, last year I came away with a highly recommended. The event was still nerve wrecking though. Everyone there wants to be the best and you really have to concentrate on every little step.
“I couldn’t believe it when they announced that I’d won bronze, I was totally amazed”.
Tom from Helston is an apprentice with leading furniture maker Rozen Furniture.
Joseph Kennedy, Cornwall College Camborne, Tutor Furniture Making added, “This is fabulous news and once again demonstrates the colleges position in teaching exceptional skills in great working environments. We wish Tom all the very best”.
Cornwall College who are Cornwall’s leading provider of construction trades has enjoyed great success at both the regional and national WorldSkills competitions.
WorldSkills UK is a partnership between businesses, education and Governments that accelerates young people’s careers giving them the best start in work and life.