Scottish competitors are world class at international skills event

                                                     Nicolle Finnie competing in EuroSkills 2018

A former City of Glasgow College student has been judged ‘world class’ in Cookery at an international skills competition.

Nicolle Finnie was one of hundreds of young people from around Europe who gathered in Budapest to have their vocational skills put to the test.

As part of the rigorous judging process, Nicolle had to prepare a number of dishes, during which she called on her experience working at the Atlantic Bar & Brasserie in Glasgow.  

Nicolle’s culinary flare was evident at an early stage in her career. Whilst studying for a SQA Diploma in Professional Cookery at City of Glasgow College, she won gold in Culinary Art at the UK Skills Show. She then represented the college at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017. 

Another Scottish competitor was current City of Glasgow College student Mark Scott. In his second year of an SVQ in Wall and Floor Tiling at SCQF level 6, Mark’s skills have already been put to the test at the 2017 UK Skills Show, where he won gold in his specialism. Earlier this year he was presented with the 2018 Montgomery Award for Wall and Floor Tiling, which he received from one of the oldest Livery companies in London, The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers.

Mark and Nicolle were joined in the Hungarian capital by fellow Scot Callum Bonner. During the three days of competition, Modern Apprentice Callum used the skills he gained whilst studying towards an SVQ in Painting and Decorating at SCQF level 7 at Forth Valley College, and working with Clackmannanshire Council.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College and Lead Ambassador for WorldSkills in Scotland, said: “I was proud to be in Budapest to see for myself just how calmly and professionally these talented young people performed in a hugely pressurised setting with Europe watching. They are in essence the Olympic Games of Skills, enabling employers to benchmark their apprenticeship and training programmes and educators to raise technical proficiency across the country.”

Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: “Nicolle, Mark and Scott’s achievements at EuroSkills are fantastic and it’s brilliant to see their work judged to be world class. At SQA we recognise the important role of colleges in supporting committed learners and we congratulate all of them. The talent demonstrated at Euroskills highlights the importance of vocational qualifications. SQA vocational qualifications are designed to let individuals demonstrate that they have the required skills to excel in their field. With 2018 being the Year of Young People, it’s particularly exciting to see Nicolle, Mark and Scott achieving this at the highest level.”

View the full set of results from EuroSkills 2018.