Ballymoney scientist wins bronze at WorldSkills UK

Bronze medal winner in the Worldskills UK finals Suzanne Ramage. (Pic Martin McKeown).
Bronze medal winner in the Worldskills UK finals Suzanne Ramage. (Pic Martin McKeown).

North West Regional College (NWRC) student Suzanne Ramage have been named among the best in the UK after winning bronze at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Foundation Degree Science student Suzanne Ramage from Ballymoney picked up bronze in the Lab Technician section, this is the first year the college has competed in this category.

Dorothy McElwee, Vice Principal and Head of Curriculum at NWRC said: “On behalf of everyone at the college I would like to congratulate all of our competitors and their trainers who have put a huge amount of time into preparing for the event.

“This success is recognition of the world class teaching and training facilities across all of our campuses and affirms NWRC’s position as one of the leading colleges for achievements in skills training.“

Suzanne Ramage said: “Competing in Birmingham over the three days of competition is something I will never forget. I am so grateful for the support of the staff of the Science department who helped me prepare for the Worldskills finals and I’m delighted to have returned with a Bronze medal.”

Over 500 of the UK’s top apprentices and learners took part in the National Finals at WorldSkills UK featuring 70 different skills across industries including Digital, Technology, Engineering, Construction, and Hospitality.

Each of the competitors secured their place in the finals following a fiercely competitive round of Qualifiers in which over 3,000 people took part.

The WorldSkills UK Competition in Plastering is run in partnership with CITB / SkillBuild, and the Laboratory Technician category is run in partnership with Middlesex University.

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Congratulations to Suzanne Ramage for such a fantastic achievement. The competition was fierce and the standards very high. All of Suzanne’s hard work and dedication has been rewarded and we at WorldSkills UK salute you.”

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