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Posted: 31/05/12

A world of skills for IT students

Two West Nottinghamshire College computing students are celebrating after securing first and third places at a regional IT competition.

Su Ket Wong, 23 and Chris Butcher, 42 beat off rivals from other East Midlands’ colleges at the regional heats of WorldSkills UK Microsoft competitions, held on 11 May at Luton’s Barnfield College.

Kirkby-in-Ashfield resident Su Ket, a student on the Foundation Degree Communication and Networking Technologies course, came first in the Microsoft Network Administrator competition.

Meanwhile, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Networking and System Support) student, Chris, from Mansfield, came third in the Microsoft IT Technician competition.

The duo were challenged to build computer networks, build and configure laptops and manage complex networks during the competitions.

Curriculum manager for computer science, Piers Ching, said: “I’m delighted with another fantastic performance by our students. Our team was warmly welcomed by the hosts and the competition was much harder than the year before, both in terms of the tasks set and the skill levels of other competitors.

“This year’s result is a testimony to all the hard work that students and staff have put in.”

Chris and Su Ket are now waiting to discover if they have secured places in the national finals which will take place later this year.

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.

WorldSkills UK national finalists may be shortlisted for the team that goes on to represent the UK at the next WorldSkills Competition, which is the biggest international skills competition in the world.



More about WorldSkills UK


WorldSkills UK is a framework of regional and national skills competitions delivered each year across the UK for young people and adults. The WorldSkills competitions aim to showcase excellence and help lift standards of training and performance to promote world class skills.


A not-for-profit organisation, UK Skills works to raise the profile of skills in the UK and oversees the WorldSkills UK competitions. All awards and competitions managed by UK Skills aim to showcase excellence and demonstrate how strong performance improves the success of both individuals and organisations.