The WorldSkills Competition is the flagship event of WorldSkills International, a membership organisation comprising of 67 countries and regions. The organisation is rapidly growing, with its member countries representing over 70% of the world population.

Medal Winners 2016 Finals

Coleg Cambria students brought home more medals again this year from the national finals of the WorldSkills UK Show at Birmingham, a higher number of medals than any other college in the UK.

All medal winners were as follows:

Registered as Coleg Cambria:-

  • GOLD: Jason Williams – inclusive skills ICT level 2
  • GOLD: Olivia Crabtree – nail services
  • SILVER: Paige Bredford – inclusive skills ICT level 2
  • SILVER: Gareth Phillips – Sheet metalwork
  • SILVER: Balazs Sparing – Aero Eng: Mechanical
  • SILVER: Jessikah Falshaw – Beauty Hands and Face
  • BRONZE: Joe Harrison – CNC Milling
  • Highly Commended : Chloe Griffiths – Hair
  • Highly Commended: Daniel Lee – Sheet Metalwork

Registered through Employers:

  • GOLD : Leigh Clark – CNC Milling – Electroimpact
  • SILVER : Ryan Dexter – CNC Milling – Electroimpact
  • SILVER: Magellan MTC team: Gareth Vale, Liam Hutchinson, Ewan Holley
  • BRONZE: Tom Roberts – Aero eng: mechanical – MPI
  • BRONZE : JCB MTC team: Kendal Irvine, Dylan Edwards, George Walker

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WorldSkill competitions take place every other year and are open to competitors up to age of 22. They are hosted by a different country each time and showcase the ever-improving standards in vocational education. Over a period of 4 days, international specialists in vocational education, industry and government gather to witness the best skilled workers from all over the world, compete for the world title before the public. They represent the best of their peers drawn from regional and national skill competitions held globally. The next WorldSkills Competition will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2017.

WorldSkills UK are the high quality skills competitions that are run annually throughout the UK. These competitions aim to encourage young people and adults across the UK to excel in their vocational skill whilst raising esteem, participation and working standards in apprenticeships and vocational training.

The UK’s most talented apprentices and learners have been celebrated at this year’s WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions (The Skills Show, NEC 19-21 November).

Coleg Cambria is the second highest performing centre in the UK in 2015 and top the Welsh table of medal winners, bringing home 7 medals, with a further 7 candidates being "Highly Commended":

The skills competitions cover sectors from engineering to IT, the arts to professional services, with each skills competition having its own specific entry requirements to do with age, extent of work experience and/or skill level. Subsequently the competitions cover work roles from junior operatives through to specialist, professional and managerial roles. Competitors are required to complete a series of tasks for each competition to demonstrate the skills they have developed in their chosen field – skills that are essential to be successful in the workplace. Outstanding competitors who excel in WorldSkills UK competitions could be invited to compete for a place in the UK squad at the biennial international WorldSkills competition.

5 of our students have been invited to Long Squad.

Samantha Adams
Ethan Davies
Joe Massey
Phil Broodbank
Will Hughes

WorldSkills UK is open to young people and adults who are working towards vocational skills or who have already gained these skills. Competitors will be:

  • College students
  • Apprentices
  • University students
  • Trainees
  • Employees

Thus a range of competitions form the journey from regional to national and international competitions. Please note that the competition journey to WorldSkills is being changed in 2014 (more information to follow).

Skills Competition Wales

This consists of around 30 local skills competitions, funded by the Welsh Government and run by a dedicated network of colleges, work-based learning providers and employer-led organisations. Skills Competition Wales aims to raise the profile and standard of skills in Wales and forms part of the Welsh Government’s Growth and Sustainable Jobs programme. Skills Competition Wales gives learners the chance to excel in their specialist sector, and can also provide the opportunity to take part in UK and International WorldSkills competitions.

Through Skills Competition Wales, students, trainees and apprentices in Wales are given the opportunity to challenge, benchmark and raise their chosen skills. These regional and All Wales skills competitions are free to enter and typically run throughout February and March each year. By taking part, competitors are encouraged to progress and take part in WorldSkills UK competitions, where last year around 5,000 people participated.

For more details on all regional competitions and how to enter, please look at updates on

For more information on Coleg Cambria’s involvement in WorldSkills please email Rona Griffiths: