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Students compete in national skills competition

Four Mdx students are competing in a national competition which pits them against some of the most talented young people across the country.

Four Middlesex University students are competing in WorldSkills UK, a national competition which pits them against some of the most talented young people across the country. 

The three day competition is taking place at the Skills Show, the UK’s largest vocational skills and careers event, and sees the students split into two Middlesex teams in the Mobile Robotics and Mechatronics categories. 

The competition, which also allows people to compete in disciplines from fashion design to carpentry, culminates with the winners being awarded prizes at a closing ceremony on 17 November. 

The Middlesex team studies Product Design, with John Peerless and John Regan competing in Mechatronics, and Dean Chapman and James Allen in Mobile Robotics. They will be accompanied by fellow Product Design and Engineering students who are running a ‘Have a go’ area where visitors can get a hands-on-experience of new skills.  In the area Middlesex students will hope to inspire young people to try new skills like programming a simple robot. 

The teams will be hoping to recreate the success of previous Middlesex teams who went on to successfully represent the UK in the European and then global skills competitions.

In addition to the competition and ‘Have a go’ areas, the Skills Show will host conferences and careers information, and is estimated to be attended by up to 100,000 visitors.

Middlesex student John Peerless (20) said: “We’d learnt some of the skills in our product design and engineering course, but have had to dedicate a fair amount of time training for the competition.  But, we’re really excited to be competing and are very determined to win.” 

WorldSkills UK takes place at NEC Birmingham  between 15-17 November.

Photo: Mechatronics competitors John Regan (left) and John Peerless (right)

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