Cardiff and Vale College to host Skills Competition Wales
The most talented computing students in the country will come to Cardiff and Vale College next week to battle it out for a chance to represent Wales in a UK-wide skills competition.
Cardiff and Vale College is hosting two IT finals of Skills Competition Wales – Web Design and Microsoft IT Technician on Tuesday, March 3rd. Six CAVC students will also compete; three in each competition.
In each contest the students will work against the clock, facing a challenging brief which will test their technical knowledge and application of their skills. Winners can go on to represent Wales in the WorldSkills UK competition and possibly then go on to the 2017 Abu Dhabi WorldSkills finals.
CAVC IT students have played an important role in the build-up to the Welsh finals. They have built the computers that the competitors will use. Five of the IT students who have worked on the computers will also act as ambassadors at the competition.
“Our second year students are building the machines ready for the competition, completing the 30-hour work experience commitment of their course in-house,”CAVC Lecturer in IT Peter Franklin explained. “They turn the IT room into a workshop once a week and at the end of the day turn it back into a classroom ready for the next day – you wouldn’t recognise it!”
The College has past form in WorldSkills. Last year three Level 3 IT students, Arron Davies, Dhiraj Hirani and Neal Hirani, won the top three prizes in both Skills Competition Wales and in the UK National WorldSkills finals.
CAVC will also host Hair and Beauty Skills Competition Wales finals and an IT ‘Have a Go’ event for local school pupils to mark National Apprentice Week.