Shortlisted Teams announced for Champion of Champions employability competition final


Eight teams will be heading to Canary Wharf in London on 24th June to compete for the chance to be crowned the winner of the national Champion of Champions employability competition.  The shortlisted teams for the event include three teams from Walsall College, two teams from Bradford College, and teams from Burnley College, Loughborough College, and Coleg Cambria.


The competition, run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, challenged teams of up to five FE UK college students, aged 16-25, to plan and run an employability-focused event at their college to help their peers develop their employability skills, whilst developing their own skills in the process.


During their trip to the capital, teams will have the opportunity to showcase the employability event which they developed and ran to help their fellow students develop their employability skills. The panel of judges who will select the winning team includes Peter Pledger, Chief Executive Officer of The National Skills Academy for Financial Services.


Peter Pledger, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services said: “It was great to receive so many promising entries. I was impressed with the hard work and creativity that went into the employability events that students came up with, and am looking forward to seeing the teams present their accomplishments. The competition has not only encouraged students to put their employability skills into practice but also helped them think about how best to assist other students to get ready for the world of work.”


Building on the 2015 Prepare for Work employability programme run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, the Champion of Champions competition was developed to help further education college students in the UK to develop their employability skills and improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment.