Southern Regional College has scooped the highest number of medals of any NI College at WorldSkills UK, securing a top ranking in the national medal league table.

Students brought home an unprecedented clutch of award wins, including two gold medals, one silver, two bronze medals and two ‘highly commended’ awards.

SRC students joined more than 500 of the finest apprentices and students from across the UK competed at the annual Skills Show held in the NEC, Birmingham, to secure their much-deserved win for the region.

Lauren McMahon who won gold in Media Make-up.
Lauren McMahon who won gold in Media Make-up.

The Skills Show is the UK’s largest apprenticeship, careers and skills event. It hosts the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions and brings together the UK’s leading employers, colleges and training providers all in one place.

Cathal Murphy from Newry won silver in Wall and Floor Tiling, James Gracey from Dromore took home a bronze medal in Butchery. Ryan Finnegan from Dundrum won bronze in Culinary Arts.

Richard Shannon from Kilkeel was ‘highly commended’ for his standout skills showcased in joinery, while Daniel McBurney from Banbridge gained an equally honourable placement for his work in the Wall and Floor Tiling category.

Victoria Black from Dromore took home a gold medal in Forensic Science and Lauren McMahon from Warrenpoint secured her gold medial after showcasing her credentials in Media Make-up.  The two students are now officially number one in their respective skill categories in the whole of the UK.

Cathal Muprhy competing at the UK WorldSkills finals who won silver in Wall and Floor Tiling.
Cathal Muprhy competing at the UK WorldSkills finals who won silver in Wall and Floor Tiling.

Speaking on the achievement SRC Chief Executive, Brian Doran, said “Across the six colleges in Northern Ireland, SRC have a long list of accomplished and award-winning students and I’m delighted by the performances of those who attended this year’s WorldSkills UK event. Their sheer hard work and their commitment to excellence in each of their subject and training areas has clearly paid off and I congratulate them wholeheartedly.”

Nearly 150 young people have now been named in the WorldSkills UK official squad and are one step closer to competing against the globe’s best skilled young people.