Vocational skills tournament proves Selby students have the X Factor!

After hours of preparation and research it was time for Selby College’s Vocational students to face the music and the judges as they competed in the ninth annual Skills Tournament on Friday 7th April.

This year, students across 9 departments were involved in the event held at the Abbot’s Road campus and each of the 15 individual competitions had a specific theme or project. Hospitality & Catering’s challenge was ‘Yorkshire Larder’. The aspiring chefs had to produce a two-course meal for two people in up to three hours, based around the theme of Yorkshire and the well-known tastes of the region, including rhubarb, liquorice and of course Yorkshire Curd for their desserts!

The Hairdressing students were set an ‘Avant-garde’ theme which resulted in some very dramatic hair designs including a bird cage and even a nod to Katy Perry’s California Gurls’ video! Backcombing and beehives were de rigueur for the day, with a Sixties influence to be seen throughout a number of the inspiration boards. Meanwhile, the Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy students were given the theme ‘Special Occasions’ and featured looks such as ‘Hippie Bride’ and a Halloween-inspired ‘Dead Love’ makeover. Over in the Nail Salon, the Level 1 Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy students produced Easter-themed nail art.

Elsewhere, an element of X-Factor style judging was in order for the Travel & Tourism students who undertook a series of interview-based tasks in front of a panel. Public Services produced a series of recruitment canvases for the sectors focusing on Equality & Diversity, while over in Health & Social Care, the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning & Development students planned, designed and prepared an activity that could be implemented at placement to incorporate British Values in the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.

Over in Fashion, students were given two hours and two metres of fabric for their Statuesque challenge where they had to model and pin a creation onto a dress stand without cutting, otherwise known as the art of moulage. The completed designs will make their way to the catwalk at the Selby College Fashion Show on the 15th June. The Year 2 Art & Design students were also busy creating mixed-media pieces influenced by themes taken from their final major projects.

The Sports Hall hosted a series of activities to test Sports students including basketball shooting, endurance rowing, fastest football strike and badminton service skills.

To further contrast the range of Vocational courses on offer at Selby College, the Construction students spent the day either building a test model wall in the Brickwork Shed or forming basic joinery joints. The Engineering students also displayed a range of skills, producing a series of timed welds or electrical components under the watchful eye of industry judges.

Deputy Principal, Liz Ridley said: “Selby College’s Skills Tournament creates a real buzz, motivating students and inspiring them to push their technical and professional skills to the limit whilst competing against their peers. The competitions themselves are a series of skill specific tests, designed by lecturers, that focus on unearthing talent in young people interested in undertaking a trade or skill-based career.”

Senior staff, former lecturers, governors and local employers then had the very difficult task of deciding who would be awarded gold, silver or bronze for each area!

Thank you to our industry experts from Bright Start Day Nursery, the British Army, Club Doncaster Foundation, Davy Markham Ltd, Dennis Williams, Fairfax Plant Hire Ltd, Forevermore, Hilton Hotel York, Howdens Joinery, Guild of Bricklayers, Lee Walker Builders, Leeds Beckett University, Matakki Scissors, Nomenca Ltd, S&A Coe Builders, The Star @ Sancton and 7nine for helping to judge the individual competitions, as well as Fairfax Plant Hire Ltd, Footprint Tools and MKM Building Supplies for the prize donations.

Liz Ridley was delighted to present the certificates and prizes to the winning students at a special awards ceremony held to close another successful tournament.

Liz added: “I am particularly grateful to all of the judges who have volunteered their time and expertise and for their contribution and continued support for the Tournament and the college. Your input makes this event so much more special for the students and provides them with something they will remember and treasure.”

Published: Tuesday 11 Apr 2017