Greater Manchester colleges go head to head in regional challenge

Greater Manchester colleges go head to head in regional challenge

Hopwood Hall College swept the board in a competition for further education colleges in Greater Manchester, reports Samantha King.

The annual Greater Manchester Skills Competition ran from March 19 to 23 and pitted 10 colleges against each other in disciplines including hair and beauty, hospitality and catering challenges, travel and tourism, carpentry, and sports.

In total, Hopwood Hall students brought home 10 gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze in 10 different course area challenges.

Eve Williams

Level three make-up student Eve Williams won silver medal in the ‘We love Manchester’ themed media make-up and prosthetics round with her worker-bee inspired look.

“I think we did so well as a team. Everybody’s work was of a very high standard and we really seemed to wow some of the judges,” she said. “Our tutors did a great job of preparing us for the event and giving us some self-belief, they deserve a lot of credit for the results. The whole competition was a great experience and has given me a lot of confidence in my abilities and in my targets of starting a career in the hair and beauty industry.”

Her fellow learner Molly Couple won gold in the individual level three food prep and cook round, which involved cooking a three-course meal.

“I was really happy to win. I’ve had so much support from my family and friends. They have been all over Facebook sharing their excitement about it,” she explained. “The competition was really tough, I was surprised to actually win my category! The experience I’ve gained at Hopwood Hall’s Riverside Restaurant definitely prepared me for it.”

The competing colleges were Hopwood Hall College, Trafford College, Bolton College, Bury College, Salford College, Oldham College, Tameside College, Stockport College, The Manchester College and Wigan & Leigh College.