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Photograph of two The Manchester College students collecting first prize in a Greater Manchester Colleges Skills Competition.

Triumphant showing for TMC in 2024 GM Skills Competition

The Manchester College celebrated numerous podium finishes in this year’s Greater Manchester Colleges Skills Competitions, with the College claiming three overall titles.

Students from The Manchester College have excelled in this year’s GMColleges Skills Competitions, demonstrating advanced skills across a wide range of curriculum challenges to claim multiple podium finishes.

Every year, Greater Manchester’s nine further education colleges participate in GM Skills Competitions, where students complete challenges to showcase the skills they have developed during their studies.

This year, students’ advanced skills led to the College winning an array of competitions including:  

  • Harry Edward-Shorter and Beatrix Higginson won the Level 3 Musical Theatre competition with the College winning the Performing Arts Competition overall
  • Nick Nowicki won Level 2 Electrical Installation
  • Ruby Harding, Kayleigh Gaynor, Sarah Marriott and Veronica Uzoma won their competition seeing the College win First Overall in Early Years
  • Najoua Khaldoun won Level 1 Nails
  • Indira Cardoso Victor, Sophie Mather, Tate Hennessey and Kamile Ovsinskaite won Fashion and Textiles with the College being the overall winner of the Art Competition
  • Maira Tahir, Joudy Sabsabi, Fred Wingrave and Anastasia Iacopini won Art and Design
  • Daniel Dyer, Dayton Walsh, Henry Western, Jordan Wright, Jack Shingleton, Siya Sabu, Abdullah Nagjar and Zack Nisar won Foundation Learning Skills 'Best Teamwork Skills'.

Several College students also celebrated coming second and third place in the competitions, including:

  • Amelia Ashworth placed second in Level 2 Acting
  • Fifi and Sunrays placed second in Level 3 Music
  • HarmalPreet Singh placed third in Level 1 Electrical Installation
  • Jamal Mehmood, Ava Baxendale, Hoyang Ho and Dan Delaney placed third in Level 3 Travel
  • Mei Chaing placed third in Level 1 Hair
  • Ranan Queen placed second in Level 3 Make-up
  • Zeriah Otutu placed second in Level 2 Barbering
  • Ana Mendes placed third in Level 2 Beauty
  • Leah Graham placed second in Level 2 Nails
  • James Neiland placed third in Level 3 Professional Cookery.

Rachel Curry, Principal of The Manchester College, commented: "We are thrilled about our students' strong performances in this year's GMSkills Competitions. We're so proud that these placements were across a wide range of challenges which showcased our students' industry-standard skills across our curriculum.

"Competitions are also about confidence building, experiencing new places and meeting new people, so competitors, whether they are placed or not, often leave with a renewed belief in themselves. A huge well done to all those who entered these competitions and I hope you really enjoyed it and gained a lot from the experience."

Early Childhood Studies competition winner Kayleigh Gaynor said: “Winning our competition felt absolutely amazing, and it was a great moment seeing our hard work pay off.”

Kayleigh’s co-winner Ruby Harding added: “After all the hard work, preparation and dedication we put into all the tasks, winning the competition was a really proud moment.”

Encouraging other students to take part in future competitions Ruby added:

Step out of your comfort zone and go do it because you never know the outcome. Hard work pays off and that shows in the result.

As part of this year’s competition the College also hosted 84 students for the Music and Performing Arts competitions at City Campus Manchester. Rachel Curry added: “It was a privilege to host the GMColleges Skills Competition for Music and Performing Arts  - our campus came alive with the depth of the talent showcased.

“It was wonderful to see students from across Greater Manchester demonstrate their technical skills and talent.”  

GMColleges Skills Competitions aims to raise the profile of technical skills in Greater Manchester and provides students, trainees, and apprentices a chance to challenge, benchmark and level up their skills by competing against students studying in their sector from other colleges.

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