Student brings home Bronze at national competition

Canterbury College Graphic Design student Toby Howes wowed the crowds winning Bronze at this year’s World Skills UK finals.

The 18-year-old was taking part in the final after a series of regional heats saw him beat off competition locally and regionally. He travelled to the 2017 Skills Show, held in Birmingham’s NEC Arena, which hosts the prestigious national competition, to take on the best young graphic design students in the UK.

After competing between 16 and 18 November, he was awarded the Bronze medal.

The Level 3 Graphic Design student said: “Competing in the WorldSkills Finals was, at first, quite daunting. Not knowing the brief or the sort of people I'd be competing against, the amount of people that would be spectating or even the scale of the NEC itself was pretty intimidating. I think it's safe to say I had my worries just as anybody would, but at the end of it all I'm pleased to say it was a truly refreshing and positive experience.”

In fact, Toby enjoyed the competition so much he’s set on recommending it to fellow students at Canterbury College.

Toby continued: “I've met some great people who I'll be keeping in contact with and gotten some great opportunities that I wouldn't have got had I not attended. I'd definitely urge anybody with the opportunity to take-part in WorldSkills to do so, no matter how daunting it seems, you'll do great & it's an amazing experience nonetheless.”

The achievement means that Toby is one of the best students in his category from across the country, an achievement which his tutor Rob Black is very proud of.

He said “Toby is an excellent student who’s worked incredibly hard to develop his skills both in and out of college. He performed at a very high standard at the World Skills UK Competition Final round and worked to a professional standard. He competed against the best young Graphic Designers from England Ireland and Wales and we are very pleased that he achieved a Bronze Medal.”

Toby has recently undertaken a commissioned project with the college where his design work will be used for the Canterbury School of Visual Arts.

Toby was joined at the competition by Canterbury College alumni student Neelan Thuraisingham. Neelan first competed at the competition last year as one of the College’s students.

This year Neelan, now a student at the University of Kent, competed at the event a second time. He scooped the top prize in his class this year, taking home gold in the computing and systems networking category.

WorldSkills competitions are held across the globe, they are a brilliant way for students to hone their tradecraft against their peers whilst also developing wider networks. Many of the winners will have the opportunity to represent their country in the international finals.

Congratulations to Toby and Neelan for all their hard work and achievements.

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