Two Level 3 students fought off strong opposition to reach the National Finals of the World Skills Health and Social Care competition.

Molly Evans and Jane Woodall recently completed the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Nursing programme at the College’s Centre of Excellence in Health & Social Care and gained the highest grades possible, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* and have now progressed onto prestigious universities to study BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing.

The pair fended off 55 competitors in the North West regional competition, and have made the top 8 in the UK at the National Finals at the NEC in Birmingham.

The National Finals take place between 15th and 17th November 2018 and provide an opportunity to reach the World Skills Finals which are held in Russia, September 2019.

Molly, who progressed to The University of Liverpool, was elated to discover that her score won top spot in her respective heat which resulted in her reaching the final.

She said: “I’m really excited to be a contender in this year’s national heats It’s so exciting. I’m over the moon especially because the standard of competition was really high and the day was very tense.

“I’m looking forward to be able to learn new skills and techniques while sharing what I have learnt from my own experiences with others.”

The former Lathom High School pupil highlighted how amazing it was to learn new skills as well as showcasing their abilities and getting to work with other students from around the country at the event.

Jane, a former Culcheth High School pupil is due to start studying at Edge Hill University, also made the final after scoring highly to finish runner-up behind her classmate.

She added: “I didn’t think I’d done that well but my communication skills must have come through - I was ecstatic and overjoyed to reach the final.

“I am thankful for the opportunity and wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support from the College.”

Health & Social Care is the largest employment sector in the borough across a range of occupations, many of which are highly skilled.

The College has developed a strong partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust through the development and delivery of the Level 3 Nursing programme and a range of clinical care apprenticeships.

Assistant Principal, Kendra Chant said: “I am absolutely delighted that Molly & Jane did so well. They are a credit to the College and the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust who have both worked very hard in preparing them for the competition but more importantly, their future progression as Adult Nurses.

“They represented the excellent calibre of students enrolled on Health & Social Care and Nursing programmes here at the College. I am excited to see how they progress and develop, and wish them every success for the future.”

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