Former Rotherham College student Mantas Varanavicius, 17, is representing the College at the prestigious World Skills UK Competition at Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in November.
WorldSkills UK inspires young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. The National Competitions are designed to test competitors’ skills in a range of critical elements that demonstrate excellence in their chosen trade. The activity, designed by industry experts, enhances qualities valued by employers such as team work, time management and working to deadlines.
Following an outstanding performance at the national heats in Advanced Computing of the UK Skills competitions, held at Rotherham College, Mantas won first place which secured him a place in the national competition where students from all over the UK compete to win a place in the WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo in 2017.
Mantas successfully completed the first year of his Computing Level 3 course at the College but due to his parents relocating back to Lithuania, he decided to accompany them. Not wanting Mantas to miss out on the opportunity to compete at the competition, staff from the Business and Computing department have secured the funding from the College to fly Mantas back to England to take part without worrying about the costs involved.
Mantas will be off to Birmingham to participate in the competition on Thursday 19th November alongside Darren Bristow, Programme Coordinator for Computing, who will be giving support and encouragement from the side lines.