Welding students from across North Wales were put through their paces at a skills competition in Llangefni recently.

About 20 competitors from colleges around the region gathered at the Welding and Fabrication workshop at Coleg Menai Llangefni for the Skills Competition Wales regional heats.

The young welders spent hours on welding and grinding exercise projects before a panel of three expert judges assessed their work.

Mark Edwards, practical skills supervisor at Coleg Menai, said:

The students did a brilliant job, they represented themselves really well.

Competitions like this are a great chance for students to put the skills they've learnt to the test and maybe even progress onto further stages.

Coleg Menai Llangefni student Cai Owen, 17, finished third in the Welding Advanced competition, despite competing alongside some experienced welders.

Coleg Cambria students Maciej Porzuczek and Ieuan Burton finished first and second respectively.

Skills Competition Wales events are held in various trades and sectors across the country with competitors encouraged to progress and take part in WorldSkills UK competitions.

It is part of the Welsh Government-funded Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project.

The overall aim is to raise the profile of skills in Wales and offer students, trainees and apprentices a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part in competitions across a range of sectors.

Paul Evans, Pan-Wales co-ordinator for the Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project, said:

The aim of this event was to find the best welders in Wales to go forward to a final that will be held in the new year in Coleg Gwent.

It's phenomenal for students to be involved in competition activity - not only the students, it's important for staff as well, because it gives us a benchmark in Wales for the quality of delivery that we've got.

Good skills build a good economy, and that's what we're after in Wales - using competition as a tool to catalyse us forward as a nation.

For more information about welding courses at Coleg Menai, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/courses/engineering-and-power-technology.