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KFE Skills Competition 2020

The Kent Further Education Skills Competition is back again, and after being hosted at Canterbury College in 2019, this year Mid-Kent College take the mantle at their Medway campus. We’ve spoken to the organisers about the benefits of taking part, and the importance of showcasing students’ skills.

KFE4Skills is a county-wide competition that challenges students to put the talents they hone at college to the test. Competing across a wide range of areas from, Beauty Therapy, to Site Carpentry, to Web Design and more, the winners of internal heats progress onto the main event, which is held at a host college in Kent, where the competitors battle it out against students from other colleges from across the county.

We spoke with Mark Hill from KFE, who organises the event, who let us know the benefits something like this holds for students as well as explaining how you can get involved:


What are the benefits of taking part in KFE4Skills?

The event enables each colleges’ best students to meet and compete alongside students from all of Kent & Medway’s colleges. KFE4Skills helps boost student confidence in general and especially in skill test-based situations, whilst helping bolster CVs as all competitors are finalists whether they win a medal or not. Also, winners have the chance to represent Kent colleges at the World Skills Regional Heats, or prepare them for other competitions like the National WSUK event in November.


I am interested in taking part, how do I put myself forward?

All entrants must go through some form of selection to be a finalist in the KFE competition. Most EKC Group colleges are running qualification rounds at their respective sites and the students that represent them will be the winners on these internal heats.


I want to take part but am not too sure/am nervous about competing; what would you recommend?

The main thing about the competitions is that it is confidence building whatever point a learner might be at. To qualify they will already have had some form of assessment and are likely to be reasonably confident in their own skill. KFE4Skills is intended to be enjoyable and staff are present to guide and support as much as they can. Again, anyone that is in the KFE event is already a finalist and has proven themselves at the top of their skill level at this point in their development. Then there’s the medals - everyone loves a medal and the top three (or teams) for each round get a medal but all get a finalists certificate.


We will be covering the heats and the competition via our social media channels, so follow #KFE4Skills20 to keep up to date. This year’s competition takes place on Wednesday 4 March 2020 and we would like to wish all those competing good luck and most of all to enjoy the experience!

Whether or not you would like to take part in KFE4Skills competition this year, or would like to know more about competing next year, you can find out more via the website here.