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Helping to create Team Wales at Skills Competition Wales

Students at Coleg Sir Gâr have outshined themselves winning 20 medals which include 11 gold medals, in a range of subject areas as part of Skills Competition Wales.

This year, 636 students from Wales have taken part in Skills Competition Wales which are a development platform for students to progress to UK regional competitions where 95 students from Coleg Sir Gâr are entered this year.

Higher level skills events include UKSkills finals held at the NEC in Birmingham where competitors from across the UK compete for titles which could lead them to compete globally through WorldSkills, the largest international skills competition in the world held every two years across the globe.

Supported by the European Social Fund, the Welsh heats are supported by the Welsh Government which has funded 35 skills competitions this year in a range of sectors. The competitions are also supported by a strong network of colleges, work-based learning providers, sector skills councils and employer-led organisations. They form part of the government’s Growth and Sustainable Jobs programme and aims to raise the profile of skills in Wales. The government is also keen to see more Welsh businesses encouraging their talented young employees to enter.

Helping to drive the Wales agenda is the Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project, which has been secured by the Skills Champions Network and is being led by Coleg Sir Gâr, whose principal is Skills Champion for Wales. The project offers a supportive infrastructure to enable Welsh competitors to attend training and strives to improve competitor success. The quality of students also reflects the level of teaching and learning through showcasing impeccable skills levels at competitions.

Coleg Sir Gâr is also mentoring four students from a total of ten from Wales, who are training for a place in the UK squad to compete at WorldSkills in Brazil, representing hairdressing, construction metalwork, plastering and dry wall systems and site carpentry. The college has a long reputation of nurturing learners to international competition success since 2009.

Coleg Sir Gâr encourages and mentors students to enter these competitions as they not only benchmark their skills levels across the UK but they also instil an importance of quality workmanship and professionalism, essential for the industry and economy. They develop students’ skills, confidence and professional levels through new experiences, travel and meeting other competitors. Many students will also be eligible to receive training and attend training camps and events preceding competitions.

Coleg Sir Gâr Results 2015

GOLD AWARDS: John Goodman (Brickwork), Benjamin Allen (Carpentry), Charlie Short (Dry Wall Systems), Daniel Doughty (Plumbing and Heating), Eirian Richards (Mechatronics Industrial Control), Alfie Hopkin (Web Design), Calvin Evans (Microsoft IT Technician), Laura Davies (Health and Social Care), Elizabeth Forkuoh (Restaurant Service), Carly Stirling (Nail Enhancements pictured below), Oscar Ware (Patisserie).

SILVER AWARDS: Thornton Boswell (Carpentry), Aled Edgel (Mechatronics Industrial Controls), Katie Lillycrop (Nail Enhancements) Abbie Griffiths, Danielle Jenkins, Alfie Sandberg (Video Moving Image), Oliver Houlden (Microsoft IT Technician)

BRONZE AWARDS: Leanne Simmonds (Painting & Decorating), Dafydd Phillips (Electrical Installation), Shannon Livings (Foundation Food Preparation), Ben Davies (Mechatronics Industrial Control).

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