Chichester College pupils show off their skills

Horticulture students are up for Young Gardeners of the Year Award again. Below Jack Adams with his winning cabinet
Horticulture students are up for Young Gardeners of the Year Award again. Below Jack Adams with his winning cabinet
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CHICHESTER College is celebrating yet another UK Worldskills victory after a cabinet-maker and former student achieved a gold medal at the event at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.

And further good news could be on the way with the college again nominated for Young Gardener of the Year, an award it has won three years running.

UK Worldskills gold for Jack Adams, cabinet-maker and former student achieved a gold medal at the event at Birmingham's NEC Arena.

UK Worldskills gold for Jack Adams, cabinet-maker and former student achieved a gold medal at the event at Birmingham's NEC Arena.

Jack Adams, 19, who completed the Level 3 course in Furniture Design and Making back in June, achieved the gold medal at the UK Worldskills awards evening after making a cabinet using sycamore and American black walnut in the allotted time.

A delighted Jack said: “I was extremely happy and very satisfied to win gold.

“I had to really push myself to win the competition to make sure my timing was right and the quality was excellent utilising all of my skills. It’s a really nice piece but I will never sell it!”

The competition sees 11 entrants from around the country battling it out using the very best of their knowledge and skills.

And Jack now has the chance of making the WorldSkills final to follow in the footsteps of world champion cabinet-maker and former Chichester College student, George Callow.

The World Championships in Abu Dhabi is not until 2017, so Jack will have to wait to find out whether he has made the squad.

And there could be further success as the college will be gunning for their fourth Young Gardener of the Year victory in succession after winning the coveted award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The competition launched last week in association with TV gardener David Domoney and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

Chichester face stiff competition from rival colleges who will hoping to emulate its success.