Bronze medal for top student competing in World Skills event

Bedford College student Oliver Davis who won a bronze medal at World Skills event at Birmingham.
Bedford College student Oliver Davis who won a bronze medal at World Skills event at Birmingham.

A student from Bedford College took home a bronze medal from a showcase event held for leading centres of learning.

Oliver Davis, 18, who is on a full-time Foundation Degree in IT and network security at Bedford College, won the medal in the World Skills event held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Oliver took part in a live computer competition working against the clock to build a complex network in the Advanced Network Infrastructure Technicians competition, working against the best in the UK.

Bedford College was one of an exclusive group of 16 premier colleges at The Skills Show where further and higher education colleges from across England had the opportunity to showcase an extensive range of career options for young people.

Held during November, tens of thousands of school children visited and more than 60 competitions were staged including the WorldSkills UK national finals. Among those were pupils from Bedfordshire schools who were given access to travel bursaries by Bedford College. Nearly 400 Bedford College students also attended.

The show’s patron, former TV Dragon and entrepreneur Theo Paphitis stopped off at the college’s aeronautical stand to “have a go” on a flight simulator.

Bedford students were on stands in the health and care, public service and electrical installation areas.

Bedford College principal and CEO Ian Pryce said: “We are very excited about our activities this year and we are all committed to raising awareness of what a college education has to offer.”

The is part of “Find a Future”, an organisation which brings together the nation’s flagship skills and careers experiencescolleges.

>> Premier Colleges is a working group of highly responsive further and higher education institutions, with vocational education and training at their heart. Working collectively as a premier sponsor of The Skills Show, the group’s aim is to raise the aspirations of young people, showcase the extensive choice of vocational opportunities available and provide a vital link from education to industry and employment.