Welsh competitors achieve success in WorldSkills UK finals

Team UK competitors have once again experienced success in the WorldSkills UK finals. ColegauCymru would like to congratulate in particular our Welsh competitors who took part in the competition in Kazan last week.

WorldSkills UK is all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life.

The seven Welsh competitors proved they are of world class standard, bringing home a bronze medal and five Medallions of Excellence between them. Former Gower College Swansea student Collette Gorvett, who now works at the Ritz London, returned to the competition after scooping a gold medal last year, to take home a Medallion of Excellence in Restaurant Service, proving her world class status once again.

Along with the five Medallions of Excellence, there was a bronze medal win for past Coleg Sir Gar apprentice Phoebe McLavy, who went up against 40 other competing hairdressers from all over the world, and walked away with one of the top prizes.

Wales WorldSkills UK Delegate and Cardiff and Vale College Chief Executive Mike James said: "Congratulations to all the Welsh Team on an excellent set of results. The competition was fierce but all members of the team, support tutors and wider stakeholders demonstrated to the world that Wales has the ability to punch well above its weight in skills delivery.

"We are a nation proud of our devolved approach to education and skills development. Wales continues to invest in its post-16 sector providing opportunity for all our communities. Really well done, Collette, Chris, Phoebe, Sam, Thomas Lewis, Thomas Thomas and Kyle - you have made all of Wales very proud."