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UK’s best on Road to Shanghai

Life-changing moment for talented Coleg Ceredigion student

A student representing Coleg Ceredigion is setting out on the road to Shanghai following her selection to Squad UK for the international WorldSkills Competition.

Hedydd Davies was invited to join the prestigious WorldSkills UK Talent Development Programme after excelling in its national skills competitions, the finals of which were held last month at WorldSkills UK LIVE at the NEC in Birmingham.

Graduating from the college’s level three catering course this summer, Hedydd has since been working as a chef at popular restaurant Crwst in Cardigan.

The WorldSkills competition, which will next be held in Shanghai, China in 2021, takes place every two years and is known as the skills olympics. The competition will feature over 1000 of the world’s most talented apprentices and students competing in over 50 different skills as they battle it out to be named the World Champion in their chosen skill.

Ben Blackledge, Deputy Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Congratulations to Hedydd.

“This is a life-changing moment for her.

“Hedydd has already excelled in the WorldSkills UK regional and national competitions - and now she is facing an even tougher test looking to secure her place to represent the UK on the world stage.

“She has dedicated hundreds of hours improving her skills to get to this level – and has many months of hard work ahead of her with our training managers – enabling her to transform her career and life.”

Hedydd will undertake an 18-month training programme with WorldSkills UK, supported by Coleg Ceredigion and will face the ultimate selection test in Spring 2021 when the team that will compete at WorldSkills Shanghai will be named.

According to Coleg Ceredigion catering lecturer Huw Morgan: “As a department, we are so proud of Hedydd.

“She has worked tirelessly in preparation for the UK final and it’s so pleasing to see her hard work being rewarded and I’ll know that she will continue to work just as hard for the preparation for Talent Development Programme.

“She has done herself and the college proud.”

The previous WorldSkills Competition was held earlier this year in Kazan, Russia where Team UK was awarded 19 medals. By competing in the competition, WorldSkills UK is able to identify global best practice, research and insight that will help the new UK government to deliver world class standards in technical education.