Celebrating Scotland's Skills Olympians

The continuing success of Scottish students, apprentices and trainers has been recognised during an awards ceremony held at City of Glasgow College.

Scotland’s colleges currently dominate the WorldSkills UK National League Table – with City of Glasgow College at the top - a collective achievement celebrated at the event held in City campus.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College and WorldSkills UK Ambassador for Scotland, who was presented with a certifcate certifying City of Glasgow College as Number One in the UK, said:

“In the last four years there have been two Scottish colleges - out of 260 UK colleges and training providers - in the top three of the National Skills League Table. At WorldSkills UK LIVE last November six Scottish colleges featured in the top 10.

“This is an incredible feat and one which rightly deserves applause. As an advocate for tertiary excellence, I firmly believe these competitions help to improve skills levels and deliver economic growth.”

Over 100 finalists, medal winners and support teams from across Scotland gathered at the college’s City campus for the now annual Celebration of Skills Excellence and Achievement.

Kasia Matejko, a graduate of City of Glasgow College, won a bronze medal at WorldSkills UK LIVE for Fitness trainer: Personal Trainer. She said:

“Taking part in the WorldSkills competition in Birmingham last November was one of the best experiences of my college career. The planning, prepping and performing was exhausting, but it was an amazing experience and I was delighted to bring home a bronze medal.

“And I am now happy to still be working with the college and WorldSkills helping to get potential competitors ready for WorldSkills Shanghai in 2021.”  

The annual Celebration of Skills Excellence & Achievement was the centre piece in a week which saw the college host a Team UK Selection programme for WorldSkills Kazan 2019. Competitors and members of WorldSkills UK, training managers and judges, from across the UK and internationally, arrived to compete in and judge four skills areas: cooking; patisserie and confectionery; visual merchandise and restaurant service.

The students who are successful in securing a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be known next week.