Former City of Oxford College student Dale Hodgins recently took to the world stage to represent the UK at the Worldskills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dale competed in the Bench Joinery team having been selected off the back of winning two regional finals in the UK.
After suffering with illness and going up against the toughest competitors in the world, Dale still managed to finish in 12th place and earn a well-deserved Medallion of Excellence.
Dale commented: “The event was incredible and nothing could have prepared me for the size of it. The four days of competition were very tough but I did the best I could not realising at the time that I was ill. The key to the success I achieved was my tuition at college and my tuition by Worldskills UK. I would definitely recommend this journey to everyone”.
The WorldSkills Competition is the world's largest professional education event. Competitors from over 50 countries and regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific and Africa simulate real work challenges that must be completed to international standards of quality. They demonstrate individual and collective technical skills to perform specific tasks for each of the professional skills.