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24 April 2012

Auto Academy success in skills competition

Cardiff and Vale College Automotive Academy hosted two Skills Competitions Wales finals before the Easter break, where our students took gold and silver in one of the contests.

On Tuesday 28th March six contestants took part in the Skills Competition Wales Vehicle Body Repair final. They were given five tasks and allowed 45 minutes for each one. Their tasks involved Bare Metal Repair, Filler Repair, Removing and Refitting a Front Wing, and two welding jobs.

CAVC Apprentice Mathew Bailey from Landore in Swansea won first place in the competition, with second place awarded to full-time CAVC student Lewys Cambridge from Fairwater in Cardiff.

Mathew is a student on the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Vehicle Accident Body Repair. He works at RGM Accident Repair Centre in Swansea and comes to College one day a week to complete his qualification.

Mathew said: “The competition was a great chance to learn new skills and test myself against others and see how I’m getting on, and I’m really happy to have won. This is the first trophy I’ve ever been awarded; I definitely plan to enter more competitions and I'm aiming to represent the UK at a future WorldSkills competition.”

Jeff Cuthbert, Deputy Minister for Skills, said: “I congratulate Mathew on his success. These competitions provide an excellent opportunity to stretch the abilities of up and coming skilled workers from many important sectors of the economy and encourage them to benchmark their skill against others in Wales and possibly UK or international competitors.

“It is vital that our workforce has the very highest skills and we continue to strive for excellence across all sectors to ensure Wales can compete on the international stage.”

Eighteen-year-old Lewys Cambridge, who took second place in the all-Wales final, studies full-time on the Level 2 Vehicle Accident Body Repair course.

The Automotive Academy also hosted the Skills Competitions Wales final for Automotive Mechanics. Six finalists took part representing Coleg Sir Gar, Bridgend College, Yale College, Deeside College and Coleg Powys. The winner was Dafydd Davies from Coleg Sir Gar.

The format of the Automotive Mechanics competition was similar to the Body Repair contest, with six finalists given five tasks each to be completed within 45 minutes. The tasks included a Vehicle Inspection, Timing Belt Replacement and Diagnosing an Electronic Fault.

Skills Competition Wales aims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as automotive engineering, aerospace, construction skills, catering, accountancy, media, and information technology.

It involves colleges, Sector Skills Councils and training providers holding competitions across Wales. 

Skills Competition Wales offers learners the chance to test, benchmark and raise their skills levels and provides valuable competition experience for those who enter and progress onto WorldSkills UK competitions.  For employers, competitions not only help drive up the quality in apprenticeships and vocational education, but also motivate employees to achieve success.

The Welsh Government is encouraging businesses and skills providers in Wales to get involved, promote and support Skills Competition Wales and WorldSkills competitions. 

For more information about Skills Competitions Wales and WorldSkills UK please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/wales