A Pembrokeshire College health science student has been announced as one of three students from the College to make it through to the WorldSkills UK Long Squad.
Currently studying the second year of the Extended Diploma in Health Science, earlier this month 18-year-old Molly Lawton, a former Sir Thomas Picton pupil, was officially announced as part of the long squad after securing silver at the WorldSkills UK Finals in Birmingham during November. As part of the UK Finals Molly faced two days of gruelling competitions covering eight scenarios including peg-feeding, demonstrating aseptic techniques for wound care, providing appropriate care an autistic patient and assisting a stroke patient with mouth, chair and hand exercises.
Following the UK Finals, Molly is now the only trainee from across the UK to embark on long squad training for the health and social care competitions and will now commence twelve months of intensive training in the run-up to the announcement of the short squad for the World Finals in Shanghai in 2021. Training kicks off with attendance at a boot camp later this month.
Following the announcement Molly commented: “Competing has been an amazing experience, I would definitely recommend it. Competing at the WorldSkills UK Finals in front of so many people was an intense experience but it has really built my confidence and has taught me so many new skills.”
Health and Social Care lecturer Claire Steel added: “I am so proud of Molly and her dedication to health and social care and the competitions. She is a gifted and talented student who has so much to offer not only Pembrokeshire but the world! It really is an honour to have been able to train Molly and to watch her skills develop and flourish over the last 12 months.”
In light of her experiences so far, Molly has signed up to become a Skills Champion to highlight to other young trainees the benefits of stepping outside of your comfort zone to take part in local, regional and national competitions.
Molly’s focus is now on completing her health science qualification, whilst getting in as much competition training as possible. Following the competitions, Molly is hoping to apply to university to study midwifery.
Molly is joined by Pembrokeshire College beauty students Zara Morgan and Charlotte Poupard-Phillips who have also been announced as making it through to the Team UK Long Squad following their performance at the UK Finals. All three students will now face months of intensive training and competitions in their bid to be selected for the Short Squad – the team that will represent the UK in the next round of WorldSkills to be held in Shanghai in 2021.