Cardiff and Vale College students set to compete to be named UK champions in their fields

24 Sep 2018

More students from Cardiff and Vale College have fought off tough competition to secure a place in the prestigious national finals of WorldSkills UK than any other Welsh college.

Twelve CAVC students from a range of different disciplines will compete against some of the best learners, trainees and apprentices the UK has to offer in front of 70,000 people at WorldSkills UK LIVE. Taking place from 15th-17th November at the NEC in Birmingham, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

The CAVC students are:

• Automotive Body Repair – Ross Colcombe
• Automotive Refinishing – Henry Deane
• Customer Service – Gladiola Mocka
• Customer Service – Bradley Berry
• Customer Service – Jay Fletcher-Price
• Customer Service – Magdalena Glen
• Customer Service – Seren Murray
• IT Support Technician – Morgan Whithear
• Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – Edward Davis
• Wall and floor Tiling – James Ackland
• Wall and Floor Tiling – Maziyar Pazouki
• Wall and Floor Tiling – Nathan Airey

Cardiff and Vale Deputy Principal Sharon James said: “Congratulations and a massive well done to all of our students who have made it to WorldSkills UK Finals. It is an incredible achievement and shows their hard work and determination throughout the year has paid off.

“Staff across the College work tirelessly to train their competitors, which enables them to compete to such a high standard. The fact the we are sending more young people to the Finals than any other college in Wales is testament to that.”

WorldSkills UK Competitions are run in more 60 skill areas and are proven to help people go further, faster in their training and chosen career.

WorldSkills UK Chief Executive Dr Neil Bentley said: “I offer my congratulations to Cardiff and Vale College. Our competitions equip apprentices and learners with the lifelong, world-class skills that will drive up training standards to the highest level to help boost UK productivity and competitiveness.

“The 12 Cardiff and Vale College students will spend from now until November in training for the WorldSkills UK Competitions, supported by their College.”

If successful in the National Finals, the students could be invited to join the WorldSkills UK training programme for the international WorldSkills Competition where they could be selected to represent the UK in their chosen skill.