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Bronze for Charlotte
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Pembrokeshire College Reflexology student amongst WorldSkills UK Competition winners at The Skills Show
A Pembrokeshire College Reflexology student has been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony at The Skills Show, which took place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC Birmingham.
Charlotte Williams was honoured with the bronze medal in Reflexology as she competed against the most talented apprentices, employees and learners in the UK.
Student Sally Sanderson was also highly commended in Nail Art at the prestigious show.
WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level and are the highlight of The Skills Show. During The Skills Show, over 700 of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employees and learners – including 59 from Wales and nine from Pembrokeshire – battled it out in 70 competitions ranging from Forensic Science to Floristry to be named the ‘best in the UK’ in their chosen skill.
Charlotte Williams, Reflexology Bronze Medal winner, said: “To win Bronze and be presented with my medal in front of everyone at the LG Arena at the NEC has been amazing. Taking part in the WorldSkills UK Competitions has allowed me to build on my knowledge and practical skills and this has helped me progress in my field.”
There were 14 medal winners from across Wales, all of whom earned their place after battling it out against peers in their field. Initially, they were required to compete against colleagues within their college and then, if successful, were invited to compete at a national level, as part of heats organised within colleges across Wales by Skills Competition Wales (SCW).
Backed by the Welsh Government, through the European Social Fund, Skills Competitions Wales promotes the importance of developing a highly-skilled workforce, aiming to boost high level skills in Wales.
Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Skills are vital to the future of our country and it’s great to see so many talented young people taking part and demonstrating their expertise. I hope today’s winners will inspire others to begin learning a new skill which could lead to a new career and then to become the stars of tomorrow.”
Competitors from this year’s cycle of WorldSkills UK Competitions may be eligible to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years in cities around the globe and is the largest international skills competition.
Keith Smith, Director, The Skills Funding Agency and UK Official Delegate to WorldSkills International added: “I offer my congratulations to the winners of WorldSkills UK. It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill to compete against the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners.
“By holding the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals at The Skills Show we can showcase and celebrate the high levels of talent entering the UK’s workforce.”