A duo of talented teams from Middlesex University London scooped silver medals in the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals which culminated at NEC Birmingham on 19 November.
Pictured are the medal winners l-r Rahul Vekaria, Eva Blessing Onyeulo Piotr Nowicki and Andrej Lieskovsky
The students achieved successes in the robotics and mechatronics categories of the competition which ran from 17 – 19 November as part of The Skills Show which is the UK’s largest technical skills and careers event.
Middlesex students Andrej Lieskovsky and Piotr Nowicki secured silver in the mechatronics (higher) category whilst Eva Blessing Onyeulo and Rahul Vekaria, who both hail from Hendon, claimed silver in the robotics category.
Middlesex University London mechatronics student Andrej Lieskovsky who is from Nitra in Slovakia said: “It was a good challenge to test how prepared I am for working in real industry.”
“It’s a great experience to be able to compete with the UK's top mechatronics teams in a national competition and I hope that potential future employers will look at it the same way.”
The robotic teams had to programme their robots to complete a series of tasks including navigating through a maze. Meanwhile in the mechatronics competition students had to build a modular production system, integrate this with two other systems and optimise its system efficiency.
The WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals featured 58 skills ranging from forensic science to engineering.
Middlesex University London’s Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu said: "We are always very proud to see Middlesex students involved in these competitions where they get to put their skills against some of the best in the industry.”
“I congratulate all medallists and everyone who took part in these high level trials, once again our students demonstrated a great degree of skill to complete the challenges and the experience develops useful skills which are transferable to employment in this area.”