A group of budding filmmakers from Carmarthen has scooped first prize at the Skills Competition Wales final in the Video Moving image category, as part of a Welsh Government-backed initiative to boost skills levels across Wales.
Four Coleg Sir Gar media production students, Angel Brookes, 17, Tom Harmon, 23, Jamie Dallimore, 16, and Liam Rees, 17 competed against 17 learners from colleges across Wales including, Pembrokeshire College, NPTC Group, Coleg Cambria and Gower College.
The aim of the Video Moving Image competition was to challenge the learners to showcase the variety of skills that are essential within media industries. The teams had to present ideas for a new TV show and take on the traditional media roles of director, producer, cinematographer and art director.
The winning Coleg Sir Gar team all currently studying BTEC level 3 in Creative Media Production, came up with ‘Cheap Meat’ a black comedy about a murder in a chicken shop. They had to present their six weeks’ worth of hard work which included areas such as research, budget and a short sizzler preview the group had previously shot. The competitors were judged on their concept, enthusiasm, clarity, style and approach.
Tom Harmon 23 from Ammanford who originally came up with the concept said: “I never expected we would win, it is so great to be recognised for all the hard work we have put in over the past six weeks. We were inspired by Guy Ritchie and watched films such as Snatch and Hot Fuzz for ideas.
“We all took on roles within the team and I acted as the director. I’m really looking forward to filming the rest of the short film and taking our idea to hopefully represent the UK in Birmingham.”
Skills Competition Wales is designed to promote the importance of developing a highly-skilled workforce and aims to boost high level skills in Wales. Supported by the European Social Fund, the Welsh Government is running a total of 32 Skills Competitions in 2014 in a range of sectors, from carpentry and hairdressing to automotive and patisserie.
The winning team will now go forward to represent Coleg Sir Gar in the WorldSkills UK Video Competition with the aim of representing Team Wales at this year's Skills Show, and may be eligible to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills 2017. The international WorldSkills competition takes place every two years in cities around the globe and is the largest international skills competition.
As Barry Liles, Principal at Coleg Sir Gâr and WorldSkills Champion for Wales, explains, the competitions have a range of benefits, not only for the learners themselves, but also for colleges and employers who get involved.
“WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level and give learners the chance to compete against the best in their chosen field from across the whole of Wales.
“The college and training providers that enter students into the competitions also reap the rewards as they are able to benchmark their performance against other organisations and develop best practice, while the employers who sign up can demonstrate world class skills among their staff.”
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates AM, congratulated the team on their success.
“Through Skills Competition Wales, we aim to find the nation’s most skilled trainees across many different occupations and sectors.
“Dozens of colleges, Sector Skills Councils and work-based learning providers throughout Wales are already involved in the project but weare keen to encourage more Welsh businesses to take part in and promote this type of skills competition. For employers, the competitions not only help drive up the quality of apprenticeships and vocational education, but also motivate employees to achieve success.
“We have a truly diverse set of skills in Wales and these are all to be celebrated. It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill to compete against Wales’ most talented apprentices and learners. We wish the team and all the other finalists and winners the very best of luck, not only in the next round of the competitions, but also in the careers they choose to go on and follow.”
Press Release by Golley Slater PR Agency, for the Welsh Government.