Home skills shine during competition

KNOCKOUT skills were on show in Blyth as more than 30 young people took part in a national competition which saw the home team coming out on top.

The Worldskills It’s a Knockout-style event was held at Northumberland County Council’s Blyth Training Centre.

Teams of ten 16 to 19-year-olds took part in six events.

These included an egg rocket launch, spelling competition, a world food and where in the world quiz and a car valeting challenge.

The winners, a team from Blyth Training Centre, scored the most points in each event and were awarded a trophy and cinema vouchers.

Coun Lesley Rickerby, executive member for children and young people at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is the first year that Blyth Training Centre has hosted the Worldskills competition and it has been a resounding success.

“The competition requires teams to use a variety of skills, some of which they would use in day-to-day life and others they may not have ever tested.

“The event is run in a fun, informal way and as those who took part seemed to enjoy it so much we are hoping to run the event again in the future.”