The Greater Manchester Colleges Group is a partnership of 10 Further Education colleges, covering all boroughs across Greater Manchester.
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Colleges across Greater Manchester have celebrated hosting the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (Inter Colleges) competitions, giving some of the region’s most talented students the opportunity to compete against each other and showcase their skills.

Member colleges including Salford, Bury, Hopwood Hall, Manchester, Oldham, Bolton, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan & Leigh welcomed partner colleges from the GMCG to their campuses last week (18-22 May) with each college hosting and coordinating a different skills competition throughout the week.

Teams of students battled it out for first place and the chance to compete on the world stage and represent their college at WorldSkills 2016, an initiative that inspires vocational students and demonstrates the world of opportunities open to them through vocational study.

Competitions took place in a range of sectors including Hair and Beauty, Construction, Enterprise, Digital Media, Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism, Music and Performing Arts, Art and Design, Public Service and Sport.

Students and tutors worked tirelessly in preparation for the competitions and were eager to put their skills to the test, producing some outstanding ideas and work along the way. Colleges from across the GMCG are now getting behind their winning teams and preparing their Colleges, tutors and students for hosting and entering competitions during the WorldSkills heats next year.

Marie Gilluley, Principal of Bolton College and Chair of the GMCG commented, “The GMCG competitions have grown tremendously since starting 2 years ago; we now have more than 30 individual competitions across ten different sectors. This close collaboration of the GM Colleges provides a showcase of the fantastic skills and talents of our learners in the FE sector. Learners gain in experience and confidence by visiting other colleges and meeting learners form other parts of GM. Skills competitions enhance the development of world-class skills which underpin economic competitiveness for Greater Manchester and the region.”