(l-r) Luke Mayor, Matthew North, Paul Walker

WorldSkills success for CAVC learners

4 December 2014

WorldSkills success for CAVC learners

Three students from Cardiff and Vale College scooped awards at the WorldSkills UK final, a major skills competition held at the NEC Birmingham.

They were competing in a range of categories against more than 600 people from across the UK.

Luke Mayor, from Dinas Powys, just one of the medal winners, was honoured with the bronze award in the Electrical Installation category. The 20 year-old is currently working as an apprentice at Scenic Services, an electrical contractor in Cardiff, as well as studying his NVQ level 3 in Electrical Installation at Cardiff and Vale College.

Luke said: “It’s a big achievement and I’m very pleased at how well the competition went. I’ve never competed at this level before and the competition environment was very intimidating.

“Competing against eight others, we were put under a lot of pressure to complete our tasks in the allocated time. I found it difficult to find time to practise and I ended up having to book time off work, but I’m glad I did.

“I’ve had such great support from my employer and my tutor Geoff Shaw; I’d never have achieved any of this without Geoff.”

Matthew North also won bronze, in the Automotive Body Repair competition. The 21-year-old from Cardiff graduated from CAVC in the summer and is now in employment.

Paul Walker was another bronze award winner, this time in the Wall and Floor Tiling category. Paul, who is 29 and from Cardiff, has completed his CAVC Wall and Floor Tiling course and is now studying Plastering at the College.

Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Skills are vital to the future of our country and it’s great that so many young Welsh people competed in this highly regarded competition. I hope these winners inspire others to learn a new skill which could lead to a fulfilling career.

“I am committed to encouraging young people to explore job opportunities and ensuring they have the support to fulfil their aspirations.

“The Welsh Government is proud to be delivering one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in Europe, particularly in providing opportunities for younger entrants. Over the past few years the number of people completing their apprenticeship has risen to over 80%.”

Backed by the Welsh Government, through the European Social Fund, Skills Competitions Wales promotes the importance of developing a highly-skilled workforce, aiming to boost high level skills in Wales.