Today we hosted the UK Finals of the MOS World Championship, and can now reveal the winners and runners up for each category, including who will be travelling to the Dallas in August to represent the UK in the World Finals. It was a fantastic day here at the Microsoft UK HQ in Reading, with the finalists hearing from Prodigy Learning, Certiport and Microsoft representatives, completing their own Hour Of Code, and of course taking their final exams in Word or Excel.
Now, for the all important results!
We're thrilled for all of the winners, and wish Linh and Alfie the best of luck for their trip to Dallas for the MOS World Championship final in August. Richard and Logan both left with an Xbox One, and Alex and Nathan won themselves a Lumia Phone each. However, as Steve Beswick (Director of Education, Microsoft UK) and Matthew Poyiadgi (VP of Pearson Education) both said to the assembled competitors and their teachers and parents, all of the finalists are already winners. By simply taking the MOS course and exams, they have already put themselves in great stead for when they begin to apply for jobs. For some, this will be sooner than others, as the age range on today’s finalists showed. With one of our pair bound for Dallas yet to start his GCSE year, and the other already at university, it highlights the applicability of these skills.
Taking MOS exams is not just about gaining a recognised qualification, but also about developing and improving ICT skills that can improve the way students can work, and elevate the standards of their work in all other subjects. Speaking to many of the teachers and parents here today about the changes they have noticed in their students or children since they started working towards their MOS Certification, a commonly used word was ‘confidence’. This is not a grade or qualification that you will find on a CV, by a mind-set and a quality that is build through experience, and one that enables students to persevere and succeed in all they do.
About the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students' skills on Microsoft Office applications. Two UK Champions are sponsored by Prodigy Learning to represent the UK and compete at the World Championship annually. In 2015 two students will win the trip of a lifetime to represent the UK at the final round of the Championship in Dallas, Texas.
The UK Final will bring together the 20 UK Finalists (selected from two Qualifying Rounds) at an event hosted by Prodigy Learning at Microsoft UK on June 17, 2015. Finalists will sit a further MOS exam in their qualifying category and the two UK Champions will be determined based on these results.
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