(l-r) CAVC Deputy Principal Kay Martin, Rob Drage Laboratory Technologist at competition sponsors 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division, Vehicle Painting Gold Medal winner Michael Scaccia, CAVC Deputy Head of Automotive Nik Ions  

Skills Competition Wales success for CAVC

6 April 2016

Skills Competition Wales success for Cardiff and Vale College students

Cardiff and Vale College students have won an impressive nine awards in the latest round of Skills Competition Wales, in disciplines ranging from Beauty Therapy through IT to Vehicle Painting.

The College recently hosted six heats of the competition, including five all Wales finals, at its new City Centre Campus in Cardiff. Skills Competition Wales is a Welsh Government-backed series of events designed to celebrate vocational skills and is part of the global WorldSkills competition.

Students from across Wales competed in a series of gruelling tests in IT, Hair and Beauty and Automotive. CAVC students brought home seven medals, in an impressive haul for the College which has already seen a stream of Welsh and UK medal winners in previous years.

In the Microsoft IT Technician round, CAVC students won all top three prizes. James Gradkowski came first, winning gold, while Jake Huntley and Zoila Garcia Mancebo won silver and bronze respectively.

Michael Scaccia won gold in Vehicle Painting, and Victoria Paquet won gold in the Beauty Body Competition. Further Education learners Christopher Northfield and Ben Bennett - both studying HND in Computing - won gold and bronze respectively in Website Design. Ella Jenkins won silver in the IT Software Solutions for Business competition, and Mollie Williams scored bronze in Beauty Hand and Face.

And recently, students Gabriel Hamon and Tayla-Jayde Gratton won gold and bronze respectively at the Skills Competition Wales Aerospace Engineering finals at Coleg Cambria, taking the College's medal haul to 11.

CAVC Deputy Principal Kay Martin said: “It takes a lot of hard work to get into the final rounds of Skills Competition Wales and for so many of our students to do so well is an achievement that everyone at Cardiff and Vale College is immensely proud of. We wish everyone who competed the very best of luck for the future.”