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Forensic Scientist Takes Silver at Skills Competition

BTEC Forensic Science Alumni; Charlie Lawrence, 18, from Pontardawe, took silver; Caitlin Burns, now studying at University of South Wales, took bronze, Shannon Williams 19, also at University South Wales was Highly Commended and Morgan Williams, 18, from Neath, were all placed in the top eight.

Super sleuths from NPTC Group of Colleges have taken the finals of the World Skills UK competition by storm recently by taking silver and bronze in Forensic Science and making up half of the top eight finalist placings.

This is the first time the College has entered the Forensic Science competition of World Skills. Founded in 1950, WorldSkills is the global hub for skills excellence and development. WorldSkills brings youth, industries, and educators together to give youth the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice. From the traditional trades to multi-skilled technology careers in the industry and service sectors, supported by partners, industries, governments, volunteers, and educational institutions, WorldSkills’ vision is to improve the world through the power of skills.

Charlie Lawrence, who is currently at Anglia Ruskin University took silver in a final that went to a nail-biting finish and was so close that it took judges overnight to reach a decision on the winner.

Speaking after the competition, she said:

“The competition was brilliant and to take silver was just fantastic.  I’m just waiting to hear if I make the Team GB Squad, if so I could be joining the squad going to World Skills Russia 2019.”

After winning a Welsh Government-backed ‘Have-A-Go’ competition with their idea to design and create a virtual crime scene, already this year, six of the College’s Forensic Science students had already gone on to be placed in the top 10 in the WorldSkills Wales competition.

BTEC Forensic Science Alumni;  Charlie Lawrence, 18, from Pontardawe, took silver; Caitlin Burns, now studying at University of South Wales, took bronze, Shannon Williams 19, also at University South Wales was Highly Commended and Morgan Williams, 18, from Neath, were all placed in the top eight.

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