Gold medal hat trick at WorldSkills UK for NWHC students!

Congratulations to this year’s WorldSkills UK competitors, who have brought home three gold medals!

What are the WorldSkills UK National Finals?

They are the last stage of a number of local and regional competitions that have been taking place over the last year.

Finalists came together at this year’s Skills Show which was held at the NEC to compete in the finals which saw students from across the UK battle it out for a place on the podium.

Meet our WorldSkills UK winners 2016…

Gold Medal Winner
Joshua Langford
Media Make-up Body

Josh Langford and Emily Smith
Josh Langford and Emily Smith

Joshua was awarded a gold medal for his stunning ‘around the world in 80 days’ themed piece during the Media Make-up Body competition.

It was a full body painting and prosthetics competition, where Joshua had to use at least two prosthetics and a bald cap using as many techniques as possible.

When asked about competitions, Joshua said: “Taking part in competitions has definitely prepared me for the world of work, your whole life in this business is a competition so they really prepare you, especially in terms of time management.”

Gold Medal Winner 
Danny Lane
Culinary Skills

Danny Lane
Danny Lane

Danny Lane scooped gold for his cooking masterpieces during the Culinary Skills competition where he created a number of dishes across five tasks including Eastern European finger food and vegetarian fine dining courses.

“ It feels amazing to win gold after all the hours of practice I put in paid off in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, the tasks were very well thought out to cove lots of different skills. I especially enjoyed the mystery box as it meant I had to think on my feet to produce two dishes. The judges are very helpful and make you feel relaxed. I would recommend anyone interested in competitions to compete in Worldskills because you learn so much and it’s an experience you will never forget!” 

Danny finished the Level 3 course in professional Cookery this year and is now working at Le Manior aux-Quat-Saisons, a two Michelin starred restaurant and hotel located in Oxfordshire and established by French chef Raymond Blanc.

When asked about the course at the College, Danny said: “One of the best things about the course is that you have the chance to get involved in competitions. My top tip to other students would be to get involved in them when you can, they really get you to test your skills.”

Gold Medal Winners
Lewis Collyer, Callum Hill and Luke Mains
Video Moving Image – Inclusive Skills Competition


These competitions are designed for students at foundation level.

As part of their competition, the trio were tasked to create a 15 minute radio tribute to David Bowie.

Getting through to the finals is a huge success in itself, massive congratulations also go to:

  • Benjamin Haigh, Louis Beighton and Phillip Brown who competed in the Video Moving Image competition.
  • Caitlin Smith who competed in the Fashion and Photo Make-up competition

The medal haul puts North Warwickshire & Hinckley College ninth in the UK in The Skills Show results league table!

Congratulations to all those who took part and were involved in this year’s competitions!

Has this inspired you to go for gold and compete in national competitions? Speak to your Progress Coach to find out more.

If you would like further information about North Warwickshire College, please telephone 02476 243000.


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