Flying high at World Skills

Friday 14 November 2014


Bedford College was one of an exclusive group of 16 Premier Colleges at The Skills Show held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

The Further and Higher Education Colleges from across England, were showcasing an extensive range of career options on offer for young people.

From 13th to 15th November 2014, tens of thousands of school children visited and over 60 competitions were staged including the WorldSkills UK national finals. Among those were pupils from Bedfordshire schools who were given access to travel bursaries by Bedford College. Nearly 400 Bedford College students also attended.

The show’s patron, former TV Dragon and entrepreneur Theo Paphitis stopped off at the Bedford College aeronautical stand to “have a go” on a flight simulator.

In addition Bedford College students were on stands in the Health & Care and Electrical Installation areas.

Top IT student Oliver Davis, aged 18, who is on a full-time Foundation Degree in IT and network security took part in IT competition working against the clock to build a complex network.

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE said: “We are very excited about our activities this year and we are all committed to raising awareness of what a college education has to offer.”

The Skills Show is part of “Find a Future”, an organisation which brings together the nation’s flagship skills and careers experiences.

Premier Colleges 

The door to your future 

‘Premier Colleges’ is a working group of highly responsive further and higher education institutions, with vocational education and training at their heart. Working collectively as a premier sponsor of The Skills Show, the group’s aim is to raise the aspirations of young people, showcase the extensive choice of vocational opportunities available and provide a vital link from education to industry and employment.