A Pembrokeshire College student who recently took part in the UK Skills Show showed off his culinary talents by preparing afternoon tea for Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, today.
Sam Everton won a bronze medal at the UK Skills Show in November 2016 when he was a level two student competing against level three students. Although winning a medal last year made him ineligible to win this year, he returned to the Skills Show in November to compete for a place in the UK squad for the WorldSkills competition in 2019. The judges loved his food and he is now in training as part of Squad UK and hoping to gain a place on the team competing in Russia in 2019.
The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event. In 2017, 99 competitors were invited to The Skills Show, a record number for Wales. Of these, 48 returned home with medals, 31 were selected for Squad UK and Wales was the most successful region in the medal table.
The Minister said: “Afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, I can see why Sam has done so well at the Skills Show over the last two years. I congratulate him on his success and wish him well for the selection process for WorldSkills 2019.
“Sam’s success is an excellent example of the highly skilled and committed young people we have in Wales and the excellent work that goes into helping them achieve their potential. Supporting skills growth; in particular higher level skills, is a key priority for the Welsh Government. It helps Welsh businesses to grow, helps people find decent employment to help support themselves and their families and makes a vital contribution to the Welsh economy.
Sam added: “Competing at the Skills Show last year was the start of an amazing journey for me that will hopefully end with the opportunity to represent the UK at WorldSkills. I am looking forward to the training with Squad UK which will be taking me all across the UK to refine my existing skills and learn new ones including bread making, knife skills and butchery. I’m also looking forward to my placement at Michelin Star Restaurant James Sommerin.”