Six apprentices from The Guernsey Institute, College of Further Education will travel to Jersey next month for the first pan-island skills competition which is being hosted by Highlands College.
The event which takes place on Friday 9 February, is a collaborative initiative bringing together students/apprentices from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. The competition aims to showcase and celebrate the diverse talents of young individuals pursuing vocational skills in
plumbing, electrical engineering, and carpentry.
The Guernsey team comprises:
- Michael Kirk and Clem Le Pelley – Carpentry
- Ben Goubert and Kieran Creber – Plumbing
- Raegan Jennings and Juan Araujo – Electrical
Students/apprentices will compete in a series of timed challenges that will test their skills in their chosen trade. The competitors will have the opportunity to
demonstrate their expertise and problem-solving abilities under the scrutiny of industry professionals who will make up the judging panel.
The event will culminate in an awards ceremony, where the top two performers in each category will be recognised for their achievements. The occasion promises to showcase the dedication and talent of the young individuals involved in vocational education across the three islands.
The competition will rotate between the three participating islands and is set to be hosted by University College Isle of Man in 2025.
Chris Torode, Director of Apprenticeships at TGI, College Further Education, said: “This is a great collaborative initiative and the perfect opportunity for our apprentices to showcase their abilities and learn from their peers. As a college we are focused on ensuring that our vocational programmes develop the required skills for the island and this type of event demonstrates our commitment to giving students and apprentices the broadest range of experience possible during their programme of study. I am looking forward to the competition and wish the best of luck to all participants.”
The organisers anticipate that the competition will become a cornerstone of the construction department’s calendar, fostering collaborative learning and friendly competition between the pan-island group.