Four creative students from Kendal College saw off strong competition to claim a top award at the WorldSkills UK Finals at Birmingham’s NEC earlier this month.
Matthew Tucker, Catriona Fish, Izzy Pye, and Caitlin Rigney who are all in their final year of Level 3 Filmmaking at Kendal College – a partner of Choose Cumbria – were presented with their gold medals at a ceremony on Saturday, November 19.
The team took the top accolade in the ‘Video Moving Image’ category, which saw them create and produce a 4-minute long film during the two-day competition.
The brief had to address future successes, dreams, and achieving potential through creativity and innovation. The team chose to produce a spoken word piece in three sections looking at the past, present and future.
They filmed around the busy NEC, taking in exhibitors, equipment, visitors and other students in attendance, and even finished the film with more than an hour to spare – impressing the judges with their impeccable timekeeping.
Dan Hodge, Digital Learning Manager at Kendal College was with the winning students in Birmingham.
He said: “I can’t praise them enough. The quality of work was absolutely amazing from start to finish and the way they handled themselves both in the hotel and during the competition was a credit to the College. We’re all over the moon for them and the win was much deserved.”
Izzy Pye, who directed the film, added: “I was in shock for a good hour after we won. The whole competition was pretty amazing and seeing so many people carry out different skills was overwhelming. It was an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone.”
The WorldSkills UK National Skills Competition Finals were held as part of The Skills Show, which took place at Birmingham NEC from 17-19 November. The Finals are designed to reward real talent and drive up levels of expertise in apprenticeships, skills and further education.