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Skills Competition Success for College Students

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion students have returned from Skills Competition Wales events with a haul of 25 medals, proving they are among the best vocational learners in Wales. 

Students won medals in categories including construction, catering, IT and enterprise in the Wales-wide competitions attracting 1,200 competitors and supported by Welsh Government and the European Social Fund.

Overall, students won seven gold, 11 silver and seven bronze awards for the college.

Coleg Sir Gar achievements included Edvinas Krioga, Kieron Thomas and Kieran Jones-Rees winning a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze in the plastering competition. Other winners included Steffan Florence who won gold in woodworking, Shannon Thomas achieved a gold in health and social care and Hannah James claimed gold in the childcare competition.
Also among the winners were Coleg Ceredigion students Celt John who won a silver in patisserie and Dylan West, bronze-medallist in culinary arts as well as carpentry student Gethin Morgans who also won bronze.
Students, apprentices and young people competed across a wide range of vocations from welding and accountancy to photography and hairdressing.

The competitions were organised by the Welsh Government’s Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project that supports competitors across Wales to develop their vocational skills to world class standards.

The project also supports all Welsh competitors progressing to the annual WorldSkills UK event held at the NEC in Birmingham each year.
Matt Morden, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion assistant principal said: “We’re really pleased with what our learners have achieved at the recent Skills Competition Wales.

“The medals that they have won are a testament to all of their hard work and the support of their tutors through the year.
“Fulfilling potential and achieving excellence underpin everything we do at the college and we look forward to supporting our learners at WorldSkills UK in November.”

Medal Winners
Coleg Sir Gâr (CSG) Coleg Ceredigion (CC)

Gold winners: Edvinas Krioga (plastering, CSG), Steffan Florence (woodworking, CSG), Daniel Evans (horticulture, CSG), Shannon Thomas (health and social care, CSG), Hannah James (childcare, CSG), Daniel Roberts (web design, CSG) and Cara Edwards (graphic design, CSG).
Silver winners: Kieron Thomas (plastering, CSG), Aimee Bush (health and life sciences, CSG), Daniel Davies (fitness assistant, CSG), Alysha Coombes, Alex Dawkins, Dew Hawkins, Zachery Howells and Iwan Williams (enterprise group silver medallists, CSG), Celt John (patisserie, CC), Wayne Bawden (IT support technician, CSG) and Fern Elder (Graphics, CSG).
Bronze winners: Aron Sinclair (brickwork, CSG), Kieran Jones-Rees (plastering, CSG), Benjamin Thomas (fitness instructor, CSG), Caine Blaikie (fitness instructor, CSG), Gethin Morgans (carpentry, CC), Dylan West (culinary arts, CC).