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EKC Group Students Impress at Virtual Regional Skills Showcase

Talented young locals from our family of Colleges recently joined students from across the county to demonstrate their technical and vocational skills during Kent Further Education’s (KFE) third annual Skills Showcase.

The students from Ashford College, Broadstairs College, Canterbury College, Dover Technical College, and Folkestone College, exhibited their abilities in areas such as Culinary Arts, Web Design, Early Years, and Performing Arts.

In a change to the usual single day competition, this year’s event took the form of an online celebration, with more than 200 students from across Kent showcasing their skills through videos and digital portfolios.

Stand-out moments included: Broadstairs College Professional Cookery student, James Littlejohn’s ‘Seared Duck with Potato Rosti and Asparagus’ culinary demonstration; Ashford College Beauty Therapy student, Chelsea Egglesden’s manicure and hand massage video; Folkestone College Early Years student, Katie Mollie’s ‘Sensory Box’ creation; and Canterbury College Media student, Luke Sanders’ short documentary exploring the differences between home education and state education, to name a few.

Each student was awarded a certificate and medal in recognition of their achievements.

Speaking about the showcase, Principal of Canterbury College, Lucy McLeod, commented: “It was fantastic to go ahead with the KFE4Skills event as a virtual showcase. So many talented students and so many videos and presentations.

“The event really showed the talents of our students across all of our KFE partnership colleges, and it gave a great sense of pride to watch the videos in this condensed way. A real tribute to our students especially, many of whom have had a really challenging year during the on-going pandemic.

“Equally a credit to our fantastic staff for helping make it happen whilst also trying to complete assessments, exams and catch up with lost teaching time notably in the more hands on technical subject areas and those industries closed by Covid restrictions.

“We look forward to getting back to our usual competition format in 2022, but the virtual event was a great way to celebrate talent at the end of the year!”

To learn more about the Kent Further Education (KFE) Skills Competition, visit kentfurthereducation.org