North Kent College proudly host the KFE Competition for Construction.

12th March 2018

North Kent College were proud to host the Kent Further Education (KFE) competition for Construction, attended by four other Kent colleges on Friday 23rd February at their Gravesend Campus.

The KFE competition involves different trade areas, giving students the experience to showcase what they’ve learnt over the time of their course. Tutors from North Kent, MidKent, West Kent, East Kent and Canterbury College selected students from Carpentry & Joinery, Painting & Decoration and Bricklaying to take part.

They were given 5 hours for the practical tasks to be completed, with no prep time beforehand. For some it was their first competition and for others just a continuation of what they want to aspire to in their career. This was a challenge for all learners involved, but the final competition standards were extremely high and all students created some exceptional work. 

Karen Wyatt, Assistant Curriculum Manager Construction, commented on the competition saying, “The college staff are full of encouragement for every learner who is demonstrating a skill and wanting to go that step further by competing in competitions. This enables learners to build their confidence and understanding of pressure, allocated by the time to get something done to the best they can. The competitions enable leaners to demonstrate their abilities, and put them together from what they have learnt whilst at college to produce something both themselves and the college are proud of. In the staff eyes, every learner who participates and takes time out of their own days to practise and take part are winners".

NKC encourage its students to enter competitions such as these, as it allows the students to gain practical experience that prepares them for the industry, whilst giving them an insight of what other learners from around the county can achieve. Every learner who participates and takes time out of their own days to practise and take part are winners. Local companies, Johnsons Paint and Howarths Timber and Builders Merchants, also showed their support by donating prizes and materials needed for the day.

Joanne Timms, Head of Skills Competition Development at KFE, commented, "It is fabulous to see students from all of the different colleges working together and making new contacts within the same industry, this raises their employability skills and certainly boosts their confidence!"


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