Two Pembrokeshire College Independent Living Skills students recently won first place at the Skills Wales Media Entry Competition. The Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project delivers and promotes Skills Competitions in Wales on behalf of the Skills Champions Network, a group of training providers from across Wales that are committed to engaging and supporting competitors to achieve and succeed.
Taking place at Coleg y Cymoed, Nantgarw in Cardiff earlier this year, the competitors were tasked to produce a two-minute fiction film on the theme of Santes Dwynwen.
John Russell and Faye Goffin are current Independent Living Skills learners, a course which provides a varied curriculum designed to encourage independence, preparation for adulthood and employment and getting them ready for the next steps in their education.
John, who is studying Bridging 2 at the College,was delighted with his achievement and said, “It was a unique experience and a great opportunity to learn new skills.”
Faye, a Bridging 1 student, was extremely pleased with achieving first place “It was good. Making the film was fun, I learnt how to edit. I was scared on the day but I enjoyed it.”
Independent Living Skills lecturers attended the event alongside the learners,
Michelle Henderson explained the benefits of students participating in competitions like these. “These competitions open learners’ eyes to what they are able to achieve if they are prepared to aim high and work hard.”
Fellow lecturer Johnny Lock added how the competition provides great opportunities to learners “This competition is a great opportunity for students to express themselves creatively while learning transferrable skills in the media and the arts.”
Their next steps will be entering to participate in the World Skills UK competition.