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Chloe Makes Strides in Construction Industry

Chloe Bidwell, a second year Carpentry Apprentice at Coleg Menai, has gone above and beyond to promote female success within the industry.

Having won the Gold medal award in Joinery at the Skills Competition Wales national final recently, Chloe is on track to become an extremely successful tradesperson. The competition saw Chloe having to construct a frame using mortice, tenon, and bridle joints, and cut and fix glazing beads to their frame. Chloe is due to next compete at the ‘Go Construct Skillbuild’ heats, which are to be held at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni campus on June 8th.

Chloe is completing her apprenticeship with Bangor-based student accommodation provider ‘Varcity Living’, and was recently invited to be interviewed for a Construction podcast.

The ‘Construction Talk’ podcast, run by Construction Journalist Peter Haddock, discusses how Chloe began her journey as a carpenter and her apprenticeship with Coleg Menai, and her experience in the workplace. You can listen to the podcast here.

Chloe said,

“Doing the competitions has probably been the best part of my apprenticeship experience so far - as they have encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and compete against lots of other people.”

“I have really enjoyed learning new things that will help to improve all of my skills throughout my career.”

Dyfed Jones, Deputy Program Area Manager for Construction at Coleg Menai, said,

“It's fantastic to see Chloe’s great success in her apprenticeship, testing herself nationally within the Skills Wales Competition and winning the Gold!”

“Chloe is an inspiration to our learners, showcasing what her skills and talents can achieve. We at Coleg Menai are proud to be supporting her along her journey, and her employer, Varcity Living Bangor are equally supportive in allowing Chloe to take part in the skills competition”.