The month of June sees the end of the 2017 Welsh Skills competitions, where young competitors across Wales have battled it out to become vocational stars across 35 events, and a wide range of different vocations from Plumbing and Beauty Therapy to Aeronautical Engineering and Accountancy. 

Coleg Cambria is delighted to announce that student participant numbers have increased yet again this year, resulting in a magnificent total of 30 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for 48 individuals, plus, more importantly, recognition and celebration of excellence in vocational skills and training at the college. This year Coleg Cambria learners gained placings in new competition areas such as Enterprise and Mechanical Engineering: CAD.

These successful Welsh competitors may go on to challenge youngsters from across the UK at the WorldSkills UK national finals, held at The Skills Show in Birmingham NEC this November.  Competitors who excel at The Skills Show may then be shortlisted to compete against the world’s most talented young people at the international WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Deputy Director for Learner Experience and Enterprise at Coleg Cambria, Rona Griffiths said:

“We are so proud of our students who compete in Welsh Skills and WorldSkills competitions, plus their tutors, employers and trainers. We have a number of Coleg Cambria students in the WorldSkills UK Long Squad for Kazan and have two in the UK Team for the WorldSkills global final in Abu Dhabi this year.

“They have shone a national spotlight on vocational skills and apprenticeships and the talent pool here. Coleg Cambria has an enviable and proven track record of success at WorldSkills, being the leading Welsh training provider + 2nd in the UK. We wish our competitors all the very best of luck in the next stage of their competitions”.

Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James said:

“At the Skills Show last year, the Welsh team topped the leaderboard of UK regions winning a total of 45 medals, which demonstrates that we’re producing some of the most highly skilled young people across the nation.

“In a year when Wales is celebrating legends of the past, competitions like these showcase the talent across the country and provide a platform for emerging Welsh legends of the future.

“Along with their hard work and determination the support from their college is an important factor in their success, and I would like to extend a special thank you to all the local businesses, schools and colleges across Wales who support these talented individuals.”

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