IT wizard Hamza is WorldSkills bronze medallist

A teenage IT expert flew the flag for Bradford when he received a medal at a major national event known as the “skills Olympics”.

Hamza Kumran, 18, achieved bronze in the IT Support Technician Competition in the WorldSkills UK Live 2019 after putting into practice skills he had learned while studying for a BTec Extended Diploma in Computing – Networking and Systems Support at Bradford College.

Steven Clay, Lecturer in Networking and Systems Support, said. “Hamza has demonstrated that he is among the best IT technicians within his peer group in the United Kingdom.”

The three-day event at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, attended by more than 72,000 people, saw thousands of young people explore career opportunities across a range of sectors including construction, engineering, hospitality and digital.

Course tutor Samir Dizdarevic, IT lecturer and CISCO instructor, entered him into the competition and mentored him to his success at WorldSkills. He said: “It’s a huge success, not only for Hamza but for the College as a whole. Hamza’s keen eye in Technical IT was spotted early on and with our guidance, motivation and training he was nurtured into a champion he is.

“We hope Hamza’s success will inspire more learners to take part in competitions like WorldSkills to benchmark their skills against their peers across the country which in turn could accelerate their careers and future job opportunities”.

At the event were different areas of IT, such as installation of programmes, operating systems, troubleshooting, networks and security. “There were morning and afternoon sessions,” Hamza explained. “It was not easy but I was doing something I enjoy.

“I didn’t think anything would happen and I was shocked when I received the medal.”

Hamza, who lives in Bradford, is now studying at the University of Huddersfield and hopes to get a job in IT.

You can find out more about computing and ICT courses at Bradford College on our website.

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