Computing student to represent UK at a global skills competition

A student from Bradford College has been selected to represent the UK in the world’s largest international skills competition in Russia.

Eduard Adam, from Bradford, has been picked in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which takes place later this summer.

The computing student, who is studying for a degree in Computer Networks and Systems Support at University Centre Bradford College, made the cut following a series of qualifying events and an intense team selection process in Birmingham and London.

He will travel to Russia in August for what is effectively the skills Olympics and go for gold in the Cloud Computing section, competing against the best students and apprentices from across the globe.

Eduard said: “Being selected for Team UK is the biggest achievement of my life so far. I feel proud and honoured to represent the UK and excited about travelling to Russia and competing against fellow students from all over the world.

“I have a lot of hard work to do between now and August to make sure I am in with the best chance of getting a medal.”

Elvir Kesedzic, a computing lecturer at Bradford College University Centre, said: “We are delighted that Eduard is representing Team UK, and the higher education computing department, at WorldSkills 2019.

“I am proud of Eduard for taking on the challenge of entering the competition and putting in all the hard work and effort that it requires. It is great to see that work being rewarded with a place in the final.

“All his classmates and the staff are very proud of him and wish him all very best in Kazan.”

The WorldSkills competition in Kazan will bring together around 1600 competitors from more than 60 countries who will compete in 56 skills covering everything from beauty therapy to bricklaying, cooking to cabinet making, floristry to fashion design and electronics and engineering.

The Cloud Computing category in which Eduard will compete involves the delivery of computer power, storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet. The competition is sponsored by Amazon Web Services and complements Eduard’s final year project that he has recently finished as he nears the end of his BSc (Hons) course.

WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia, runs from August 22 to 27 and will be opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony in Kazan Arena in front of a crowd of 45,000.

Bradford College has hosted the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK computing competition for the past two years and has a proud record of producing winners. A trio of current students triumphed in recent heats and are waiting to discover if they have made the cut to the national final in Birmingham later this year.

Anyone interested in studying a computing or IT course at Bradford College is encouraged to come along to the next open event, on Saturday, 6 July between 11 am and 2 pm. Places can be booked via the college website or HERE.