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 Boston College open the East Midlands Skills Competition 2017

Boston College hosted the opening event of the ‘East Midlands Skills Competition 2017’ in partnership with Grantham College and New College Stamford on Wednesday 8th March with their Motor Vehicle competition.
The East Midlands Skills Competition 2017 involves three separate Colleges, covering Motor vehicle, Construction and Uniformed Public services. Boston College hosted their competition in their industry standard workshops where motor vehicle tasks such as removing a rear drum brake and servicing, building a lighting circuit, checking battery condition, engine management fault and fitting rear parking sensors took place.


The three, four-man teams were judged on a criteria which included the selection of tools used, time management, health and safety, keeping the work area tidy and the learner’s ability to complete the task.


The successful event was sponsored by JCT600, Duckworth Land Rover, Halfords and Snap-On who are all very keen to support the development of young people in the motor vehicle industry and donated a variety of prizes. JCT600 and Duckworth also brought along a selection of vehicles to the College such as Audi, Land Rover and Jaguar giving students the opportunity to view them.


After a full day of competitions, Boston College took first place at Level 2 and 3, and New College Stamford took first place at Level 1. The learners received their first place prizes of a spanner set for Level 3, a car care kit for Level 2 and a screwdriver kit for Level 1, all donated by Halfords. They also received an individual trophy each. The runners up across the levels received a variety of prizes such as branded hats, drinks bottles and umbrellas from the other event sponsors and a certificate.


One of Boston College’s Motor Vehicle Lecturers, Lee Crisp, who also organised the event said, “Being part of this competition has enabled us to network with other colleges and build solid relationships. It has also given the learners an opportunity to engage with each other and build good working relationships. The event has provided a great opportunity to increase learner employment opportunities by enabling local employers to observe the learners skills in practise. Overall, it has met all of my expectations and beyond.”


Feedback on the event also came from Gavin Harley, a Motor Vehicle Lecturer at Grantham College who said, “The event was really well organised and put together. The resources and facilities on offer were to a very high quality and the students have learnt a lot. It has given the learners the chance to put the skills taught in the workshops into practise in a real life situation.” 


The competition will now be moving on, leaving two more events to be held at each of the participating colleges. Wednesday 15th March will see learners competing at New College Stamford in a Construction Competition and on Wednesday 22nd March there will be a Public Services competition at Grantham College.


Good luck to all learners and Colleges taking part!




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