Callum from The College Merthyr Tydfil and his work at The Skills Show.
Callum from The College Merthyr Tydfil and his work at The Skills Show.

44 medals for #TeamWales at World Skills UK

21st November 2016

Welsh competitors produced their best results ever at The Skills Show in Birmingham on 17-19 November 2016. This year, Team Wales had a significant presence, with 86 representing and 44 achieving medal success.

WorldSkillsUK competitions are the highlight of the annual The Skills Show. Contestants must progress through two heats before making it to the UK finals, where they take part in competitions based on their particular skill, relating to trades, technological and service-orientated careers.

After three days of intense competition, the award ceremony saw Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Cambria in joint third place across the UK, and Cardiff and Vale College in joint eighth place. Team Wales saw ten colleges, businesses and training providers from Wales being represented, all committed to collaboration, raising standards and employability in Wales.

Barry Liles, Principal of Coleg Sir Gâr and Skills Champion for Wales, said “Our Welsh competitors are a testament to industry and employers in Wales that we aspire to a world-class level.”

Following on from the Welsh success at the Beacon Awards last week, these results have firmly put Wales on the global skills map. As the Economy Secretary Ken Skates AM announces a new £30m manufacturing and research institute in Deeside, employers need look no further than FE colleges for their education, training and skills needs.

Chief Executive of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, Iestyn Davies, said: “The Skills Show results prove that Wales is leading the way in the UK and beyond with skills as we build the workforce of tomorrow. Investing in skills is key to the future of the economy. Engage with your local FE college today as a learner or an employer in order to secure similar success. Congratulations to Team Wales.”

Garin from Coleg Gwent and his competition entry in the electronics category.

Garin from Coleg Gwent and his competition entry in the electronics category.