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Skills Competitions 2024

Sign-up now to enter competitions to showcase your vocational and creative skills.

Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in hospitality, retail, performing arts and horticulture as part of Derwen College’s 2024 competitions event to be held in May.

The competitions are open to students aged 16–25, and who are working at up to Level 1 in mainstream or specialist colleges or schools.

Take part and showcase your skills

Performing Arts studentsTaking part in the competitions is a great way for students to demonstrate their skills and readiness for work and independence.

We are privileged to have the facilities and industry connections at Derwen College to run competitions enabling students to showcase their skills.

These events bring together students from a variety of schools and colleges to compete in a professional way and demonstrate learning and employability skills.

Why take part in competitions?

Which competitions are taking place?

Horticulture: Plant a Raised Bed or Border

Group – up to three students working at Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 or Level 1.

Hospitality: Table laying

Individual competition for students working at Entry Level 3 or below.

Performing Arts: Commercial Hip Hop

Solo dance

Group dance

For students working at Entry Level 3 or below.

Retail: Visual Merchandising

Group – up to three students working at Entry Level 3 or below.

Key dates

Horticulture students

Application deadline: Friday 12 February 2024

First round entries to be sent electronically: Friday 15 March 2024

Successful entries informed by: Friday 12 April 2024

Live final at Derwen College: Thursday 2 May 2024


How to apply

  • Branding looped arrow redHave a look at the briefs for each competition (scroll down the page).
  • Ensure your students are working at the right level for each competition to apply.
  • Apply via the online form.

Download the competition briefs

We have five competitions taking place, download the briefs below.