Designed to pit the best learners from across Wales against each other in high pressure competitions spanning over 50 industry sectors, Skills Competition Wales aims to empower young people to reach their full potential while increasing their skill levels to meet the needs of employers.
Not phased by the virtual nature of this year’s competitions, learners at Pembrokeshire College took part in a wide range of competitions including popular music, welding, inclusive skills, digital video production, web design, graphic design , hairdressing and beauty therapy.
At an online awards ceremony, the gold medals were presented to: Zoe Price (photo) for graphic design; Bramwell Simpson for web design; and Deriece Raimann for welding.
Silver medals went to: Kyle Robertson for Inclusive Fitness; Ross Jones for welding; and Cromatics (pictured) for popular music (Mollie Evans, Izzy Nixon, Ffion Rees, Zac Worthington and Emilie Zatac).
Meanwhile, Declan Morrissey got bronze for Inclusive Media.
Learners will now compete in regional WorldSkills competitions to see if they can qualify for the UK final.
These take place in November each year where learners will compete with the best in their chosen field across the UK.
The success of the UK finals could lead them to be part of the UK squad for the WorldSkills international finals.
With a long history of success in skills competitions, Pembrokeshire College is hoping that some of those listed above will join a growing number of college learners to qualify for Squad UK, which saw two former learners make the final. World Cup in Russia in 2019 two learners are currently hoping to compete in Shanghai in 2022.
Pembrokeshire College Principal Dr Barry Walters commented: “The learners at Pembrokeshire College have once again made the College, the County and themselves proud.
“There is a tremendous amount of talent among our young people and we are thrilled to be able to help them hone their skills to be the best in their chosen field.
“Getting medals at the national level is a huge achievement and my congratulations go to the winners as well as the staff for the hard work they put in to enable their learners to compete at this level.
“Over the past few years we have seen a growing number of Pembrokeshire College learners compete in local, national and even international competitions.
“These young people are our future workforce, so seeing them excel in so many industrial sectors gives me great hope for the future of our economy.”
Funded by the Welsh government, the competitions are run by a dedicated network of colleges, workplace training providers and employer-run organizations.