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Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Life and Work Skills Student Competes in Skills Wales Competition

A Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student recently got the opportunity to pit his skills against some of Wales’ most talented students during a national competition.

Damien Slaney, who lives in Trawsfynydd and is in the third year of his Skills for Life and Work course at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Dolgellau campus, took on qualifiers in a Skills Competition Wales heat.

Damien competed in the Food Preparation category, where he and fellow competitiors had to create a three-course menu: a salad, a range of sandwiches, and an Eton Mess dessert.

Damien was assessed on his knowledge and skills in the following areas: health and safety, hygiene, knife skills, use of equipment, presentation skills, and knowledge of flavour combinations.

Morfudd Richards, course co-ordinator for Developing Independence, and Living and Working Skills at the college’s Dolgellau campus, said: "Damien has worked extremely hard and always does his best. He was enthusiastic and very meticulous in his work. We are extremely proud of his work.”

Damien hopes to continue to develop his catering skills, whilst also planning to work with horses after leaving college.

Bryn Hughes Parry, assistant principal of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said: “Seeing our students develop their skills is always a pleasure. The pastoral support that the college offers our students is central to the work and mission of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. Damien has repeatedly shown that he has the desire to succeed, and to learn, and we are very proud of him. Good luck to him in the future.”