Students from the College of West Anglia (CWA) in King’s Lynn are preparing to do battle in a national competition next week.

A team of eight young people are to represent the college in the WorldSkills UK finals at the Birmingham NEC.

Running from next Thursday to Saturday, WorldSkills UK is the country’s largest skills and careers event, bringing together apprentices, students and young people to compete in more than 50 different skills.

This year,  more than half of the finalists from the eastern region are CWA students and, for the fourth year running, CWA has achieved more registrations and finalists than any other college in the region, a spokesman said.

Students Kate Bowyer, Thomas Coupland, Chelsea Everitt, Jon Gregory-Wood, Alex Williams and Harriet McDonald are representing the college in digital video production,  Jack Goodrum is competing in the carpentry section and Molly Pickels is a finalist in the health and social care competition.

On Tuesday, CWA principal David Pomfret hosted a Going For Gold reception for the team in the Novus restaurant on the Lynn campus to celebrate its success so far.

“WorldSkills is acknowledged as the skills Olympics of vocational training, challenging young professionals to be the very best in their field,” Mr Pomfret said at the event.

“It is a great way to showcase the talents of the college and raise the profile of vocational and educational skills.

“This purpose of this evening is to celebrate the achievement of the eight students who have secured their place in the national finals. They have done fantastically well and should be immensely proud of themselves.”