Cardiff and Vale College students are Worldskills winners
Three Transport Services students from Cardiff and Vale College are among the most talented in the country, having come top in a UK-wide skills competition.
The WorldSkills UK Show took place in Birmingham to showcase how young people can pursue skills to the very highest level. Vehicle Body Repair student Matthew Bailey, 19 and from Swansea, won the Gold Medal in the Body Repair contest, which he can add to the Silver Medal he won at the same event last year.
Matthew said: “To win Gold and be presented with my medal in front of everyone at the LG Arena at the NEC has been amazing. Taking part in the WorldSkills UK Competitions has allowed me to build on my knowledge and practical skills and this has helped me progress in my field.”
Nineteen-year-old Vehicle Body Repair student Jordan Thomas, who is also from Swansea, won Silver in the Body Repair category. Former Level 3 Vehicle Refinishing student Kieren Jones, 22 and from Barry, won the Silver Medal in the Vehicle Refinishing competition. Kieren now works for the Nationwide Crash Repair Centre.
Richard Clayden, CAVC’s Head of Department for Transport Services, said: “This is an excellent result all round. The lads behaved impeccably and were a credit to the College. They performed exceptionally well in the tasks – as you can see from the results.
“I’d also like thank the College’s Programme Area Leader for Auto, Nick Ions, and Auto Lecturers Richard Hutchins and Pete Gibbons who have spent a lot of time setting this up and mentoring the students.”