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Computer whizz nets top prize in final of WorldSkills UK regional competition

Computer whizz nets top prize in final of WorldSkills UK regional competition

A 'rising star' in computing has beaten students and apprentices from across the South of England to net first prize in the regional final of this year's WorldSkills UK competition.

Qilong Li, 23, who has just completed an IT Extended Diploma Level 3 course at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CONEL), was a winner in the National Qualifiers of the IT and Enterprise competition.

WorldSkills UK is the country's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, and aims to inspire young people in pursuing world class skills needed by UK business and industry.

There are five competitions - Engineering and Technology, Media and Creative, IT and Enterprise, Hospitality and Lifestyle and Construction and Infrastructure - each with different sub-categories.

Qilong was thrilled after winning the IT Software Solutions for Business sub-category of the IT and Enterprise competition, and the chance to compete in the National Finals at Birmingham NEC in November.

"I was surprised but very happy to have won" said Qilong, who achieved a triple Distinction at CONEL and is now heading to Middlesex University to study Games Design.

"The time was short and it was hard to get everything done. My tutors gave me some assignments so I could practice at home, which really helped when it came to the competition, as I felt prepared when I saw what I had to do."

"I have liked everything about my time at CONEL. The teachers were good and I learnt a lot of skills I can take to university."

This contest, which took place at North East Surrey College of Technology in Epsom, tested the participants' knowledge of Microsoft Office software, focusing on Word and Excel, as well as their accuracy and time management skills.

Laila Hassanzadeh, Head of School for Computing, said: "We're very proud of Qilong and his success.

"He is an outstanding student who showed excellent commitment and motivation who passed his course with overall Distinction. He is one of our rising stars and has a bright future ahead of him."

Qi-Long's win follows the success of electrical apprentice Yordan Tomov who came first in the National Qualifiers of the Constriction and Infrastructure competition.



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