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Student achieves second place in nationwide Microsoft competition

Year 13 students, Daniel Cookson and Toby Aurelius, recently reached the UK final of the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, with Toby ultimately achieving second place.

The MOS World Championship is an annual competition run by Microsoft and Certiport for students taking Microsoft Office Specialist exams. There were more than one million exam entries from 120 countries this year, and Daniel and Toby were selected as two of the 20 UK finalists from thousands of eligible MOS exams taken during the qualifying rounds.

In order to enter the competition, students had to complete an MOS exam for their chosen application. Toby and Daniel entered the competition for a range of applications as all MOS qualifications are offered at UTC Reading, giving them more of a chance to get further in the competition. After being invited to sit the exam again against other UK finalists, Toby was awarded an impressive second place in PowerPoint. 

Toby commented: "The time and pressure aspect of the finals made the competition challenging, but the whole day was run really well and had a great atmosphere."

Andrew Griggs, UK Country Manager at Prodigy Learning, said: “Huge congratulations to Toby from all at Prodigy Learning, Microsoft and Certiport. The UK MOS Competition Finals bring together the top 20 students in the country and the standard is very high. To be able to say that you are second in the country out of thousands of students is a massive achievement and certainly something that Toby should be very proud of. Both Toby and Daniel flew the UTC Reading flag with pride and have added to the continual success generated by the UTC Reading’s students and staff.”

Toby is leaving the UTC this summer to do an apprenticeship with Sky, where he will be working as a software engineer for 18 months. Going on to speak about his experience of UTC Reading, he added: "Unlike regular schools and colleges there are tons of additional qualifications, projects and activities on offer that really help with building a CV and gaining useful real-world experience. This is something that really helps in job interviews and when applying for apprenticeships or university. This combined with the relaxed, professional atmosphere and strong focus on computer science and IT makes the UTC a really fun and enjoyable place to learn."

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