The 2016 Skills Show took place at the NEC Birmingham during November and MidKent College students built on the College’s success from last year with a haul of medals.

The event showcases world-class apprenticeships and technical skills by engaging young people in skills competitions, and around 200 of the UK’s top vocational students were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals after competing in 61 different categories.

Students from MidKent College produced some very worthy winning entries.

The Media & Graphics department, proudly led by Lecturer Babs Jossi, won gold (Jess Edwards) and bronze (Josef Russell) medals in the Graphic Design category.

The Applied Science department were represented by Toki Adeoye and Morgana Connor-Bennett in the Environmental Science category and made a highly respectable path through to the semi-finals.

There was also success in the Popular Music category with MidKent College band ‘Troubled Heritage’ securing the top spot. In addition to winning a gold medal they also had the privilege of performing at the World Skills Show closing ceremony to much acclaim.

Principal of MidKent College, Simon Cook, said “We are so proud of all of the achievements of the students who took part in this fantastic event. We encourage participation in confidence building opportunities like this and firmly believe that these achievements help develop the skills and strength of character that are so valuable to businesses when recruiting staff.”

The Skills Show is gaining increasing acknowledgement as an event displaying the ‘future of Britain’, where young people can showcase their skills to literally thousands of visitors from construction, engineering, hospitality and media. The final medal tally saw MidKent College finish a proud 7th out of a field of sixteen.