On Tuesday, John Pinske and Fiona Steel went to the World Skills Competition at Northumbria University in Newcastle.
After a small problem with security letting us into the car park we found our way to where the competition was being held which was in the private study area of the business and law school that had been cornered off for us. Being in this area was something that not all the students were too happy about as they had a 10,000 word dissertation to hand in that week and they were unable to use the computers!
Along with our team, there were about six other teams from right across the north of England. Each team had one computer between them, and the competition involved a lot of teamwork as well as creating an accurate set of accounts. We were given three hours to complete a trial balance, with various emails given to us throughout the morning, which contained information that changed the accounts slightly and we had to deal with this accordingly.
Whilst the competition was underway, the three judges made there way around each of the teams observing what was happening and making notes which added to the pressure. With five minutes to spare, we had completed each of the tasks and we worked well together as a team but most importantly our trial balance, balanced!
Afterwards we enjoyed a nice lunch with the other teams whilst the judges began marking our work, before making our way back to Carlisle.
Overall, it was a really good experience.