Students strike gold at WorldSkills UK finals

Pictured is members of 'Zippy Gnat', Aidan McGlinchey, Stephen Doohan, Toni Moore, Milo McCann, Matthew Crampsey, Adam Dolan and Mark McCauley who picked up on both the People's Choice and Judges' gold award at the World Skills UK Final.
Pictured is members of 'Zippy Gnat', Aidan McGlinchey, Stephen Doohan, Toni Moore, Milo McCann, Matthew Crampsey, Adam Dolan and Mark McCauley who picked up on both the People's Choice and Judges' gold award at the World Skills UK Final.

Students from the North West Regional College have picked up gold awards at the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition finals in Birmingham.

The band ‘Zippy Gnat’ won both the People’s Choice and the Judges’ gold award, while Cameron Nutt won best Young Carpenter in the UK at the finals, held at the weekend.

Another band ‘What About Bobby’ also made the finals, which were held over three days in front of over 75,000 at the NEC Birmingham.

WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, are part of ‘Find a Future’, which inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.

‘Zippy Gnat’ is a covers band which comprises Matthew Crampsey and Toni Lee Moore on vocals, Mark McAuley on drums, Milo McCann on bass, Aiden McGlinchey on keys and guitarists Adam Dolan and Stephen Doohan. Band member Matthew Crampsey said: “Our band was formed a year ago through the college. This is a massive achievement for us all which is thanks to everyone in the music department at NWRC who have provided us with constant knowledge, support and motivation which has brought us to the final.”

Following their success, all the winners from the WorldSkills UK Skills Show finals will now be considered for selection to represent Team UK in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

North West Regional College has a long-established association with WorldSkills competitions, with students competing earlier this year in Brazil, and staff and student showcases at the UK Skills Show in each of the last four years.