Dolgellau Construction students compete in Skills Wales competition for the first time in two years

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Construction students based at the college’s Dolgellau campus eventually had the opportunity to compete at Skills Competition Wales, after a hiatus of two years due to the global pandemic.

This year, all competitors had to remain on their own individual sites rather than travel to a central point to compete, as was the norm.

Skills Competition Wales aims to help young people across the nation to achieve excellence by supporting vocational learning through skills competitions and the ‘Turn Your Hand’ initiative, thus eventually helping young people to excel in the world of work.

The students who competed in the North Wales heats were: Joseph Jones and Ben Sanders in Woodwork, Tiffany Baker in Plumbing, Jack Mathews and Meirion Jones in Brickwork and Jay Ashford and Celt Jones in Plastering.

Marius Jones, head of the Construction and Engineering department at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said: "Our department has a long and distinguished history of competing at Skills Competition Wales, with many of our students winning at local, national and international levels. Seeing our students compete again, after what has been a very difficult time, is really fantastic. Good luck to you all.”

Skills Competition Wales aims to raise the profile of skills in Wales and offers students, trainees and apprentices in Wales the opportunity to challenge, benchmark and upskill, by participating in competitions across a range of sectors.

Funded by the Welsh Government and run by a dedicated network of colleges, work-based learning providers and employer-led organisations, it includes a series of local skills competitions, aligned with WorldSkills and the needs of the Welsh economy. The competition is free and runs from January to March each year.

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