Students from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai wowed the judges to win six medals at the UK's biggest skills event recently.

Nine students representing Coleg Menai, Coleg Llandrillo and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor travelled down to the World Skills UK LIVE event at the NEC Birmingham between November 15th to 17th.

They came away with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals, competing in a variety of skills-based categories, including construction, hospitality and health and social care.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai CEO Dafydd Evans said:

I am so delighted these students were able to compete and show-off their skills on a UK-wide level. 

It shows that Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is delivering training of the highest quality. Each one should feel tremendously proud.

Coleg Menai, Llangefni, plastering student Steven Owen, aged 21, won gold in the plastering and dry wall competition after an 18-hour effort over two days, as well as a further speed challenge on the third day.

Judges awarded him the top prize after praising the "exceptional" standard of his work.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau hospitality student Conner Jones, aged 20, was another gold-medal winner for his remarkable efforts in the food preparation competition.

He created a breakfast platter for two, scoring 195 out of 200 - which his tutors described as an "incredibly high score for an incredibly high standard of work, using the skills he had attained on his course."

Ifan Williams, 18, of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau, won silver in the bricklaying category, while 19-year-old Cai Henshaw, also of Meirion-Dwyfor, picked up silver in carpentry.

Fellow Dolgellau construction student Edward Rawlinson was the youngest contender at age 17 in the plastering and dry wall competition, with tutors saying the young plasterer did himself a great credit.

Meirion-Dwyfor construction area manager Mike Taylor said:

The work they produced and the level of care and detail they showed was simply excellent.

They worked extremely hard over 18 hours across three days to complete their tasks - which in itself is impressive.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor pair Anna Roberts, age 20, and Georgia Harley, 17, completed the medal haul with a bronze for Anna in the restaurant services competition and a bronze for Georgia Harley in the health and life science category.

Coleg Menai students Josh Ellison, 19, who competed in the automotive refinishing category, and 26-year-old Aiyeesha Barron-Clarke, who was in the cooking competition, were also highly praised for their efforts.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai finished in the Top 10 of competing organisations, landing in 8th place, thanks to the students' exceptional efforts.

Nia Rhys Jones, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's Planning and Development Manager, said: 

It's a daunting experience to compete at national level but the students showed plenty of confidence in their abilities and they represented the Grŵp with pride and passion. We're immensely proud of them all, and grateful to all the staff for going the extra mile.

As a Grŵp we are raising the bar - we have increased our participation levels in terms of the range of competitions.

As well as competing, the group is now a major player in hosting Welsh skills competitions, ranging from regional welding to staging the finals of popular music, photography and health and social care competitions.

Organisers say World Skills LIVE is the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, bringing together up to 73,000 young people with business, government and education.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's efforts helped Team Wales achieve atotal of 52 medals including 15 Gold, 19 Silver, 12 Bronze and 6 Highly Commended awards at the UK-wide competition.

For more information about courses at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/courses.