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Pembrokeshire College is hosting a Skills Wales construction competition today (Weds Feb 29) bringing together students from all over south Wales to compete in the ‘Built Environment’ skills of bricklaying; carpentry; joinery; painting and decorating.
Part of the WorldSkills movement, Skills Wales competitions are being held in many trades and industries in the build-up to the world championships that take place every two years. Youngsters competing now could see themselves competing overseas for the UK at future WorldSkills finals.
Paul Evans, the competition co-ordinator said: “These competitions give us the opportunity to give individual students the kudos of not only representing their training provider at these events but going on to compete at a national and international level.
Teams from Pembrokeshire College’s Construction squad; Coleg Sir Gar; Coleg Ceredigion; Neath Port Talbot; Bridgend; Gwent and Pontypridd High School competed in the construction centre at Pembrokeshire College with a live video feed of the competition shown throughout the campus.
Competitors in each skill area were given a task to complete to a specific standard within a timescale with all their progress watched over by a team of independent judges from industry marking their work to set criteria.
“It’s all about promoting progress and excellence in skills” said Pembrokeshire College carpentry tutor Gareth Evans, who is a former UK WorldSkills Squad member. “We have judges here today from industry who are former college students and came up the ranks themselves – and this is what WorldSkills is about – learning and sharing the skills with youngsters coming into the sector.”
A special 14-16 year old schools category competition in tiling is also being held today as part of the event, giving even younger learners a taste of competition pressure. Callum Devaraux, aged 15, of Tasker Milward School, Haverfordwest and Jake Howard, aged 16 of Sir Thomas Picton School, attend Pembrokeshire College as Federation students studying an Extended Diploma in Construction and are taking part in the competition today. Judge Andrew Phillips of Carreg Construction, also a former Pembrokeshire College student and the MD of a highly-successful construction firm based in Pembrokeshire said:
“This is a task-oriented competition where the participants have to follow a precise brief and that is what it is all about out there in the real world – delivering quality work in time and providing value for money. These days we cannot afford to do things twice. This sort of training is invaluable and important in bench-marking the sort of standards expected in industry.
“I welcome the opportunity to come in and work with these young learners because they are the employees we will be relying on in the future”
WorldSkills is the largest skills competition, jobs and careers event in the world.
It is a competition for youth from 17 to 22 years to demonstrate their excellence in skilled professions. Through competition – starting at grassroots level, then inter-college; regionally, nationally and internationally – leading to the prestigious finals held on a global stage every two years – WorldSkills standards provides an opportunity for students training in skills and trades to not only become competent – but to acquire excellence through a culture of friendly but tough competition.
The WorldSkills International finals are hosted by a member country every two years and attract thousands of competitors and spectators.
Started in 1950 in Spain, WSI is the lead global authority for skills development, setting an international standard for excellence in trades, skilled professions and high technology.
WorldSkills International has 50 member countries. The most recent – and biggest – competition was held in WorldSkills London 2011 that took take place in October 2011 at ExCeL London in London’s Docklands in the run-up to the London Olympics due to be held this year. An annual UK-based skills event in addition to the current WorldSkills competitions is being planned as a ‘legacy’ high profile event which will give students a platform for showcasing their skills and an opportunity for youngsters to visit and experience a huge variety of skills and industries to assist with career and training choices.
Judges: (all industry experts)
Carpentry – Cliff Williams & Chris James
Joinery Carl Povey and Iwan James (Bugols, Narberth)
Brickwork – Gareth Evans and Elir Lewis (Retired Brickwork tutors)
Painting and Decorating – Mark Jones and Jane Davies
Schools 14-16 – Andrew Phillips (MD of Carreg Construction, Pembrokeshire)