Sam Hudson with his trophy from the WorldSkills UK IT heat

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A computing student from Bradford College is celebrating after grabbing third place in an IT skills competition.

Sam Hudson, 18, collected a trophy at the WorldSkills UK IT competition held in London.

The teenager from Kirkstall in Leeds finished third in the Network Systems category of the contest staged at the Selby Centre in Tottenham and could now go on to compete at the WorldSkills UK national heats in Birmingham in November.

The winners of the UK national heats will go on to compete for the UK team at the WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia, in 2019 which is like the Olympics of vocational skills.

Sam, who is just completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Networking and Systems Support at Bradford College, said placing in the contest was “surreal”.

“I was shocked when they called my name out, I really wasn’t expecting it,” he said.

“We had two, two-hour challenges to complete. It was tough but enjoyable.

“It was a good test of my skills and what I have learned and also showed me areas where I need to focus on improving.”

Sam was one of four students from Bradford College to travel to the capital for the competition which also attracted computer whizzes from Cheshire and Shropshire.

Lecturer Samir Dizdarevic was thrilled for his star student.

“Sam has done himself proud," he said.

“He has been one of the best students in the cohort – a pleasure to teach.

“It is always good for students to test themselves against their peers across the country.  It is a good measure of how well we are doing at Bradford College. Sam’s success is an endorsement of the teaching here.”

Bradford College offers a full range of computing courses, from apprenticeships to degrees. Full details can be found on the college website, by calling 01274 433 333 or by attending the next Open Day on August 24