Kirkby computer expert takes on national elite

A COMPUTER expert from Kirkby has taken on all comers in a national competition set up to recognise those with exceptional software skills.

Su Ket Wong, a West Notts College pupil, competed with more than 30 other young people in the WorldSkills UK Microsoft IT Technician challenge held in Northumberland between Wednesday and Friday.

Curriculum manager for computer science, Piers Ching, said they were confident Su Ket had performed well, having achieved a 96 per cent overall score in a previous heat held in Luton.

“Once again Su Ket performed to his usual high standards and he felt quietly confident saying that the tasks in last week’s finals were ‘very easy’. We won’t know the results for another week as judges have still to finalise all results but we’re incredibly hopeful that we’ll see him scoop another award.”

The competition was hosted and organised by Northumberland College and staged within Alnwick Castle featuring the contest’s four sections – Microsoft IT technician, Cisco network technician, Microsoft network administrator and Microsoft applications specialist.

Su Ket competed with other students who have qualified from regional heats held in England, Scotland and Wales earlier this year.

The 23-year-old, who is studying for a foundation degree in communication and networking technologies, in addition to a part-time Cisco networking course, beat off rivals from other East Midlands’ colleges at the regional heats, at Luton’s Barnfield College in April.

The winners of the national finals will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the UK at the international WorldSkills 2013 event in Leipzig, Germany.