Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion have been actively involved in vocational skills competitions for the past 10 years and we host the Welsh Government’s Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project that supports skills competitions across the whole of Wales.
We encourage all of our students to take part in these competitions, which are a key element of our learners’ personal development whilst at college. Competitions usually start at regional level and progress to national and international standards. WorldSkills competitions are an excellent way to develop vocational skills and knowledge to world class standards while providing an opportunity to test your abilities with your peers from other colleges in Wales, the UK and internationally. Each year, our students from vocational subject areas including engineering, IT, health and social care, carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing, visual merchandising, catering and hospitality and hair and beauty are involved in competitions that take place at our campuses, across Wales and at the annual WorldSkills UK competition held at WorldSkills UK Live, at the NEC in Birmingham each year.
The ultimate goal is to compete in the prestigious WorldSkills international competitions which occur every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence in the world. In 2019, college student Phoebe McClavy from Carmarthen represented the college, her employer and the UK in hairdressing at the WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia and won a bronze medal. This was the first medal ever won by a Welsh competitor at this event.