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Yoobee Student Flies High in Abu Dhabi

After winning a bronze medal in Shenzhen at the International Selection Competition, Yoobee School of Design graduate Sarah Browning was propelled onto the global stage this month at the prestigious WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. It’s the 44th time the prestigious annual tournament has taken place, and Sarah competed in the Graphic Design category.



After winning a bronze medal in Shenzhen at the International Selection Competition, Yoobee School of Design graduate Sarah Browning was propelled onto the global stage this month at the prestigious WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. It’s the 44th time the prestigious annual tournament has taken place, and Sarah competed in the Graphic Design category.
After winning a bronze medal in Shenzhen at the International Selection Competition, Yoobee School of Design graduate Sarah Browning was propelled onto the global stage this month at the prestigious WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. It’s the 44th time the prestigious annual tournament has taken place, and Sarah competed in the Graphic Design category.
After winning a bronze medal in Shenzhen at the International Selection Competition, Yoobee School of Design graduate Sarah Browning was propelled onto the global stage this month at the prestigious WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi. It’s the 44th time the prestigious annual tournament has taken place, and Sarah competed in the Graphic Design category.

Yoobee WorldSkillsWith three days of intense competition, Sarah finished 13th out of 29 world competitors. She achieved a Medallion of Excellence to acknowledge her score of 701, which outstripped the required 500.  She was only the second person to represent New Zealand in Graphic Design at WorldSkills, and faced competitors from China, Italy, France, Portugal, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

Graphic design competitors were under high pressure, with testing taking place with live design briefs and short timeframes of five to seven hours.  Sarah was tested on corporate information design, editorial design and packing design. 

Sherein Abdel-Al, Yoobee tutor and Graphic Design and Skill Manager for WorldSkills, has been coordinating the competition within New Zealand for the past few years. She’s been training Sarah since she won gold in October 2016, and a bronze in May 2017 before qualifying for the final competition in Abu Dhabi.

Sherein says, “It was an absolute pleasure to train Sarah for this prestigious global competition.  We spent around 18 – 20 hours of training a week, to be world ready.  I travelled with Sarah to Shenzhen and now to Abu Dhabi, and I was thrilled for her achievements.”

WorldSkills is an internationally renowned competition, and gives young people a chance to pursue excellence through vocational skills in their field of industry. 

Sherein added, “We are really proud of Sarah’s achievements in Abu Dhabi, it reaffirms our commitment to producing and supporting top notch students in the creative industries in New Zealand, and of course from Yoobee School of Design.”

After recently graduating from her second and final year at Yoobee School of Design, Sarah is now working as an advertising executive with Adcorp in Wellington City.

Sarah says, “I think that representing New Zealand is one of the best things I can do to help aspiring designers believe in themselves, and that if a girl from small town Nelson can make it, they can too!

“As an aspiring designer from Nelson, I never would have thought that a couple of years later I would be standing on stage in China and then in the United Arab Emirates with a medal around my neck!  It was such an honour to be able to represent my country in something that I am passionate about. It is great to see what my training from Yoobee can help me achieve, and it is only the beginning”.

 

 

 



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