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Folkestone College Students Win Big at Regional Skills Competition

21 students from EKC Group’s Folkestone College recently made it through to the finals of the 2020 Kent Further Education Skills Competition, taking home an impressive 14 medals.

The students competed in a range of industry categories showcasing their skills and knowledge in areas such as Digital Video Production, Hairdressing, Brickwork and Health and Social Care.  

Hairdressing students scooped the most awards taking home five medals. Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies student, Dana Sanger, took home a Gold Medal. Meanwhile, Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing students, Stephanie Cadman and Terri Farrugia, received Silver Medals. Bronze Medals were awarded to Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing student, Casey Bourne, and Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies student, Reena Gurung.

Talented Level 2 Painting and Decorating Apprentice, Kayleigh Woods, was delighted to take home the top prize in Painting and Decorating commenting, “I can only thank my lecturer, Bruce Kerney, for believing in me and supporting me during this competition, and for selecting me to take part. The Competition has been nerve-racking, and I am shocked to receive the first-place prize as I have never really won anything before.” 

Reflecting on the Competition, Kayleigh added, “The Competition has helped me to see what I am good at and what I can improve. It has also been great to meet so many talented people who have the same interests as me.”

Elsewhere, Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy student, Annie Johnson, and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care student, Jade Gillingham, were presented with Gold Medals for Beauty Therapy Body and Health and Social Care respectively. 

Silver Medals were awarded to: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) student, Zachary Knight-Smith, for Photography; Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make Up student, Ellie Dowley, for Fashion and Photographic Make Up; and Level 1 Functional Skills student, Jade-Tamzin May, for Inclusive Skills in Food Preparation. 

Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production trio, Georgia Thornton, Jarod Cooke and Ross Page, went away with the Bronze Team Medal for Digital Video Production.

The College’s winning streak was rounded-off when Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies student, Megan Lofting, and Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying student, Simon Murrant, won Bronze Medals in their categories. 

Principal of Folkestone College, Victoria Copp-Crawley, was thrilled with the results of the Competition commenting, “We are delighted with our successes at the Competition, and extremely proud of the students that competed and performed so well with the support of the staff that have coached and nurtured these incredible talents. The development of confidence, teamwork and managing pressured situations is a huge benefit that students have learnt over the lead up to the Competition and will support them in their next steps and future careers.”

The Kent Further Education Skills Competition showcases the talents of students in further education across Kent and Medway and helps prepare them for national and international vocational skills competitions.