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Pembrokeshire College Motor Vehicle students have recently taken part in S4C’s Ffasiwn Mecanic, a series to find the perfect role model within the mechanic industry.
College Level 3 Motor Vehicle apprentice, Dan Griffiths competed against former student, Emrys Wilson for the chance to receive a cash prize of £3,000, be on the cover of Aston Martin’s Vantage magazine and model clothes for worldwide safety clothing brand, Dickies. Both reached the final with Emrys scooping first prize.
Each week the contestants faced mechanical and modelling challenges leaving only one to take the Ffasiwn Mecanic title. Dan spoke candidly about his time on the show, “I’ve had an amazing experience, I still can’t believe some of the things we had do!” Challenges included presenting on screen, modelling as well as creative work. Winner Emrys said, “I really enjoyed the painting challenge where we got to spray our own design on the cars. I’m really into rally driving so it was right up my street.”
Emrys and Dan have previously worked together at Midway Motors, Crymych but Emrys has since moved to Garej Wyn and has just returned from a seven-month trip to New Zealand.
Pembrokeshire College Assessor, Huw Jones visits Dan on a regular basis as part of his apprenticeship, “I know both boys well and they have made Pembrokeshire proud – although I must admit I had to do a double take when I first saw them on screen!”
With the fashion industry a far cry from the daily routine of the garage, Dan said that being in the competition gave him a culture shock, “I’d go so far as to say that it was the best experience I’ve ever had. I especially enjoyed meeting other mechanics from all corners of Wales, we were all as nervous as each other. Walking down the catwalk in London did not come natural to me but there aren’t many men from Crymych who can say that they’ve done that – apart from Emrys that is!”
Since taking the Ffasiwn Mecanic title, Emrys has modelled for Snap-on and has made several appearances on screen and radio since the final was aired last week, “We finished filming the series in August last year and after doing a couple of shoots I did a bit of travelling in New Zealand whilst doing some farm work. I’m really grateful for the experience.”
Dan and Emrys developed their Motor Vehicle skills whilst progressing through a Level 1 to Level 3 qualification at Pembrokeshire College, both ending with an apprenticeship which they both agree, was a great way to learn on-the-job.
Visit pembrokeshire.ac.uk/courses to see what’s on offer – modelling contracts are not provided as part of the course!
Photo: Pembrokeshire College Level 3 Apprentice Dan Griffiths, College Assessor, Huw Jones with Ffasiwn Mecanic winner, Emrys Wilson at Midway Motors, Crymych.