Jamie displays he has key skills to take on the world

The photograph shows Jamie being presented with his certificate by Denise Dunn
The photograph shows Jamie being presented with his certificate by Denise Dunn

A STUDENT from Stakeford has come second in a national IT skills competition after beating other talented hopefuls from around the country.

Jamie Barron, 20, will now be awarded a silver medal at WorldSkills London 2011 after coming runner-up in the Cisco Network Administrator competition.

The Northumberland College student said: “It was a tough competition so I was thrilled to find out that I had come second.

“It was a great experience and I am privileged to have taken part.

“After college, I want a career as a network engineer and being able to mention I came second in a WorldSkills UK IT competition on my CV will hopefully make me stand out against other applicants when I am applying for jobs.”

Jamie has just completed the BTEC National Certificate in IT Practitioners and Cisco CCNA Level 3 courses and will be starting the HNC in computing at Northumberland College in September.

College principal Chris Todd said: “For Jamie to come second in a competition involving the country’s best young IT trainees is an incredible achievement and he should be very proud of himself.

“WorldSkills UK competitions are a great way to showcase the vocational skills of talented students and we are delighted to have a silver medallist come from Northumberland College.”

The competition saw the final between 32 young people who had qualified through the regional heats.

Following Jamie’s success he now has the opportunity to go on to international competitions and to represent the UK in the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany.