Motor Vehicle technology students from across North Wales were put through their paces last week, when they took part in the Skills Competition Wales heats held at Coleg Cambria.

Competitors from five colleges gathered at the college's campus in Deeside to take part in the event, the first of its kind in Wales to be held for the automotive sector.

Working as a team, Coleg Menai students Adam Foulkes from Caernarfon and Liam Parry from Penygroes won the North Wales Regional Level 1 Skills competition in Motor Vehicle Technology, showing excellent communication and practical skills.

The young mechanics spent a day in the Automotive Engineering workshop, identifying and reporting faults in four categories: vehicle safety inspection; engine operation (ignition); lighting systems and tyre inspection. Expert judges from attending colleges assessed the teams throughout the tasks.

Coleg Menai Motor Vehicle technology lecturer Paul Griffith, who travelled with the students to Deeside said,

Competitions like these are a great chance for students to put the skills they've learned to the test, and maybe even to progress onto further competitions in the future. I think the possibility of representing Wales at the WorldSkills competition is always the dream! Adam and Liam did a brilliant job, and represented themselves really well. They should be very proud.

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.

For more information about Motor Vehicle Technology courses at Coleg Menai, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk/motor