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01 December 2023

Capital College students shine on national stage

Apprentices and students from Edinburgh College have proved they’re among the UK’s best as they won medals at two national skills competitions

Roofing apprentice Hamish Morgan was awarded second place in the Roofing and Tiling competition at this year’s SkillBuild final held in Milton Keynes, while Automotive Vehicle Body Repair apprentice Alec ‘Archie’ Macleod and HND Web Development student Euan Livingstone both won bronze medals at WorldSkills UK Live held in Manchester.

Hamish Morgan, third from left

To gain finals places at SkillBuild and WorldSkills UK Live, each student had to compete against their peers from across Scotland in regional heats, after which their scores were measured against other regional heats – with the highest scorers across all regions given a place at their respective final.

By entering national competitions, students test their skills against others from colleges and training organisations across the UK.

Alec Macleod, left

Fellow students Sean Mitchell (Painting and Decorating) and Luke Cosgrove (Roofing) also competed in this year’s SkillBuild programme – doing a tremendous job of representing the College both at the finals and in the regional heats.

In addition, Computing student David Barkanyi also excelled in regional WorldSkills UK heats.

Euan Livingstone

It has been a fantastic experience competing in SkillBuild this year. It is a brilliant competition which gives us all the chance to test out our skills against other students and apprentices from across the UK, and to meet lots of people from the industry. I’m really proud to have came second, it’s a great feeling.
Hamish Morgan, roofing apprentice
I am so happy and proud to have won the bronze medal at WorldSkills UK. Taking part in this competition has been a truly amazing experience, from the heats through to the finals. I have really enjoyed getting to know peers from across the UK and getting to grips with all the tasks, I’d definitely recommend this experience to future students at the College as it has given me additional skills, knowledge and confidence which will benefit me in the future.
Euan Livingstone, HND Web Development
It was a fantastic experience to compete in the WorldSkills competition, it a great opportunity to put my skills to the test, meet peers and gain more confidence in my chosen field. It is definitely something I would recommend to anyone with the opportunity. Big thank you to Steve Frampton my lecturer for his teachings, enthusiasm to enter and support throughout the contest.
Alec 'Archie' Macleod, Automotive Vehicle Body Repair apprentice