Talented Pembrokeshire College learners proved once again that they are among some of the best young trainees in the UK bringing home a total of eight medals from the WorldSkills UK Finals held at the NEC, Birmingham last week.
A total of 22 Pembrokeshire College learners secured places in the UK Finals after scoring highly in the national qualifiers. In the top five colleges from across the UK for the number of learners competing, a medal haul of two gold, two silver and four bronze, plus a highly commended award, placed Pembrokeshire College joint 5th in the UK medal table and first in Wales (including Inclusive Skills).
The largest skills competition in the UK, WorldSkills UK LIVE attracts the best young trainees from the length and breadth of the UK to compete in over 70 different skills across industries including digital, technology, engineering, construction, and hospitality.
The learners joined over 500 competitors competing for medals in this prestigious competition. Their medal haul included: gold medals for Zara Morgan in Beauty Therapy and David Jones in Inclusive Skills Horticulture; silver medals for Molly Lawton in Health and Social Care and Faye Goffin, Liana Peryer and Luke Lloyd in Inclusive Skills Media; and bronze medals for both Levi Burks and Charlotte Phillips-Poupard in Beauty Therapy, Finlay Elliott in Graphic Design and Nick Price in Inclusive Skills Carpentry; plus a highly commended award for Aydan Whatling in Construction Metalwork.
Designed by industry experts, the WorldSkills UK Competitions equip apprentices and learners with the world-class skills needed to help UK businesses better compete globally. Taking part in skills competitions is an important part of many courses at the College and allows learners to test their skills against the best of the best, learning how to work under pressure and giving them a real point of difference as they progress to employment or further study.
Dr Barry Walters, Pembrokeshire College Principal commented: “We are incredibly proud to have had 22 learners competing at the UK Finals. Our medal haul places us in the top five of 186 colleges, training providers, universities and organisations competing at the event. A fantastic achievement demonstrating the talent that is here in west Wales and also a testament to the expertise and support provided by teaching staff.”