Computing students reach national finals

Bradford College computing students Hamza Kumran and Sohaib Ashraf

Two computing students from Bradford College have fought off tough competition to secure a place in the prestigious national finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions.

Hamza Kumran and Sohaib Ashraf will compete against other computing students and apprentices from all over the UK in front of over 70,000 visitors at WorldSkills UK Live. Taking place from 15–17 November at the NEC, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships and careers event and is free to attend.

The pair won through to the national finals after triumphing in the Yorkshire and Humberside regional heats of the IT skills contest that were hosted by Bradford College in May. Sohaib, 20, finished first in the Network Systems Administration category while Hamza, 17, came in first place in the IT Support Technician category.

Computer Science student Sohaib, from Shipley, said: “When preparing for the regionals I was only focused on doing my best and had no idea I would be in the top eight in the country.

“I feel proud of myself having reached this far and will be going over the necessary material once I have more information. I assume the finals will be very competitive but I will work hard to do my best.”

Hamza, from Bradford, who is studying a Level 3 course in IT System Support and Networking, said: “I feel happy and proud to be given the opportunity to compete at the national finals and I hope I can do well.

“I realise that it will be a challenge, therefore to prepare myself for the final, I’ll be doing more practical tasks to grow my knowledge, which will hopefully allow me to be successful in the final.”

Steven Clay, Lecturer in Networking and Systems Support at Bradford College, said: “I am really pleased that both Sohaib and Hamza have managed to get through to the World SkillsUK LIVE. They are both a credit to themselves and Bradford College and I am confident they will do well when they compete in the finals of their respective competitions.”

WorldSkills UK Competitions are run in over 60 skill areas and are proven to help people go further, faster in their training and chosen career. More than 3,000 people from all over the UK registered to take part in this year’s competition.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “I offer my congratulations to Hamza and Sohaib from Bradford College.

“Our competitions equip apprentices and learners with the lifelong, world-class skills that will drive up training standards to the highest level to help boost UK productivity and competitiveness.

“Hamza and Sohaib will now spend from now until November in training for the WorldSkills UK Competitions, supported by staff at Bradford College.”

If either of the students is successful in the National Finals they could be invited to join the WorldSkills UK training programme for the international WorldSkills Competition where they could be selected to represent the UK in their chosen skill. 

Anyone interested in studying a computing or ICT course at Bradford College is encouraged to come along to the next open event, on Thursday, 27 September between 4.30 pm and 7 pm. Avoid the queues and book your place HERE.

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