Students from Coventry College impressed the crowds at the UK’s largest skills, training and careers event in Birmingham, delivering a range of engaging displays to the public.
Media, performing arts, gaming, and catering students from Coventry College joined over 100 other leading employers, colleges, and universities at World Skills UK to showcase their work and share employment, education, and apprenticeship opportunities.
Over 73,000 people descended onto the NEC Birmingham, including special guests West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton, Love Island contestant Dr Alex George, and Free Radio presenter John Dalziel.
Around 20 students from Coventry College were on hand to entertain and educate visitors across the three-day event.
Sibtain Naqvi, head of marketing, sales and recruitment at Coventry College, said: “These events are key for the college to showcase what areas we specialise in, raise awareness of the college and give the students a chance to proudly showcase their work.
“It was a very successful trip, and a great way for us to interact with prospective students, and for our students to show the progress they are making here at Coventry College.
“We had a fantastic catering and hospitality stand where we encouraged visitors to taste a selection of great food. Our students also hosted napkin folding classes and bread making sessions which proved to be extremely popular with the visitors.
“Our main stand was supported by our education and technology partners Fujitsu, who provided all the hardware so we could showcase our excellent VR demonstrations using our gaming student’s work with pre-developed media games and VR demos.”
Level 3 musical theatre students Rachel Oshakuade and Jordan Trubshaw also put on a show of their own, performing songs from hit musicals such as Hamilton and Dreamgirls.
One student, Alin Stoica made it to the final 10 of the World Skills UK catering competition, and competed against nine of the country’s top junior chefs at the NEC after being shortlisted from 150 candidates. His ability drew highly commendation from the judges over the course of the three-day competition.