World Class for Technology

Tuesday 24 November 2015

IT whizz Oliver Davis is off to the World Skills as the Best in Britain having won gold in the UK Skills Show.

Oliver, aged 20, has progressed with his computer networking skills through Bedford College, moving up from bronze in last year’s competition to the top position this year.


He competed against the rest of the UK at the Skills Show staged in Birmingham and came away with first prize and a trip to Abu Dhabi in 2017. Oliver works at Blue Chip, Priory Business Park, Bedford.


Meanwhile across in the construction arena, Matthew Jakeman, who works for Pronto Plumber of Bedford, won a bronze medal for his advanced skills. Matthew is 21 and lives in Clapham. He completed his apprenticeship with Pronto Plumber and Bedford College and is now going from strength to strength.

Principal and CEO of Bedford College Ian Pryce CBE, who was in Birmingham taking part in an Association of Colleges nationwide debate about skills funding, said: “These two young men represent the tip of the iceberg of the skills taught within the FE sector to meet the demand of today’s employers for the workforce of tomorrow.” 

“Bedford College has to be World Class to set an educational example to 1,000s of young people in the area.”

The UK Skills Show attracts students from across the UK to compete and visit. Among the many attending were engineering students from Bedford College.

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