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Posted: 27/06/11

Computing student to compete at national skills challenge

A computing student from West Nottinghamshire College is preparing to compete with the country’s best at a national skills challenge in a Northumberland castle.

Su Ket Wong, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, will compete with more than 30 other young people from all over the UK in the WorldSkills UK Microsoft IT Technician finals at Alnwick Castle during the two-day event (30 June – 1 July).

The competition is being hosted and organised by Northumberland College and staged within the castle featuring the contest’s four sections – Microsoft IT technician, Cisco network technician, Microsoft network administrator and Microsoft applications specialist.

Su Ket will compete with other students who have qualified from regional heats held in England, Scotland and Wales earlier this year.

The 22-year-old, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Communication and Networking Technologies, in addition to the part-time Cisco networking course, beat off rivals from other East Midlands’ colleges at the regional heats, at Luton’s Barnfield College in April.

Curriculum manager for computer science, Piers Ching, is confident that Su Ket will perform to a high standard next week. 

He said: “We’re really proud of Su Ket’s success to date and if his performance in Luton is anything to go by, where he scored 96% overall, he’ll do brilliantly in next week’s finals.”

The winners of the national finals will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the UK at the international WorldSkills 2013 event in Leipzig, Germany.

Managed by WorldSkills UK, the competitions encourage young people and adults across the country to excel in their vocational area to recognise those who have developed exceptional skills.