Student Lauren wows at WorldSkills

July 2018

Health and Social Care student Lauren Stansbie has achieved third place at the regional heats of the World Skills contest – a competition for those working in the care industry drawing competitors from colleges and universities all over the world.

After impressing judges with the University’s first-ever entry to the contest on Friday, Lauren is currently awaiting news on whether she has reached the competition’s final in London.

She and fellow student Shilpi undertook a gruelling set of challenges and competitions in order to be selected as UCB’s representatives, with over 60 healthcare hopefuls vying for the spot overall.

Lauren and Shilpi have dedicated weekly practice sessions with tutors Helen Waters and Sarah McCarthy for several months in the run-up to the contest, which challenged competitors’ knowledge on everything from diabetes to stroke care.

“Both Lauren and Shilpi have shown unbelievable commitment and dedication in the run up to this contest,” said tutor Sarah.

“Not only did they complete weekly practice runs outside of their own timetable, they also completed work at home between those sessions to prepare for the next. All this, while still maintaining fantastic attendance and grades.”

Held at South and City College, the World Care Skills’ regional heats were all about testing competitors’ abilities to cope in crisis. Professional actors were hired to pose as patients in medical situations that were kept as a surprise until the day itself.

“Lauren impressed us all with her knowledge, caring manner and dedication,” added Sarah. “Both Lauren and Shilpi thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are so proud of them both for competing for the first-ever time at this important competition.”

The WorldSkills competitions – which happen all over the UK in a range of different subject areas, help to test students’ practical skills, knowledge and employability attributes in competitive, timed conditions.

Designed by industry experts and focusing on the highest UK and international standards, even the simple act of participating in World Skills contests is expected to boost students’ careers and training.

“Lauren and Shilpi’s work has really put UCB on the map,” added Sarah. “It’s not often that Health and Social Care students get the recognition they deserve for the crucial contribution they make to society.” 

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