Coleg Cambria student Lewys Rawlings, aged 19 from Cefn y Bedd was successful in winning the recent heat of the Skillbuild competition held at Coleg Menai.

Beating off local competition he was awarded first place and has recently found out he has been invited as a finalist in the WorldSkills UK finals representing Cambria in Birmingham NEC in November.

Lewys, who is employed by MJ Bannister Decorators based in the Wrexham and Chester areas, focuses on domestic decorating. He works full time for the company and has completed Level 2 Painting and Decorating at Coleg Cambria alongside his work.

Lewys said: “The SkillBuild competitions have been very hard work and highly competitive. I’ve really enjoyed competing and winning the regional Welsh finals 2 years running.

“I competed in the WorldSkills UK finals in November last year and I’m looking forward to competing again this year. It has given me extra experience and increased my confidence in my work.”

Places are still available on Painting and Decorating courses at Coleg Cambria starting this September. Visit to apply or call 0300 30 30 007 for advice and guidance.

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