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Students success at inter-college competition
20 December 2017

Students success at inter-college competition

Wiltshire College students had to think on their feet in a competition which tested their team work, presentation skills and ability to react to challenging situations.

The competition for Early Years and Health and Social Care students, was hosted by Bath College Care Academy, with the aim of preparing students for work in the industry by providing work experience and training.

Seven Level 3 students took part from the Trowbridge and Chippenham campuses on Monday 11th December and it proved a hugely successful day with Wiltshire College winning all of the Health and Social Care awards.

Second years Patti Poplawska and Shanice Ferguson came joint first with Charlotte Phillips coming second and winner in the Early Years section was Katherine Ogborne.
All those competing in Health and Social Care had to complete a role play scenario where they met ‘Pearl, an elderly woman about to move into a care home.

Students were asked to assess her needs and decide best to help her and were then scored on their skills using teamwork, communication and creativity by employers from the Swainswick Explorers, Bath Mind’s Food for Thought programme and Riverside Nursery.

Early Years students were able to meet a parent and discuss a child who is about to start at nursery and talked about helping them to settle in during their role play.

Lecturers Kelly Cover and Rhian Goddard accompanied the students and said all were a “credit” to the College.

Kelly, who teaches Early Years, said: “All the students demonstrated confidence and the employers commented on the excellent level of skills the students had, particularly the first years.”

Rose Hitchman, is Deputy Head of Health and Social Care and Early Years.

She said: “I would like to express my extreme pride in our wonderful students winning everything at the skills competition at Bath College.

“It is a fantastic achievement.”