National success for Dolgellau students in Skills Wales competition.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor is delighted to announce that two of its learners, Kamar ElHoziel and Damien Slaney - who are studying on the Skills for Life and Work course at the college's Dolgellau campus - have recently won gold and silver awards in Skills Competition Wales.

Skills Competition Wales aims to raise the profile of skills in Wales and offers students, trainees and apprentices in Wales a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part 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 consists of a series of local skills competitions, aligned to WorldSkills and the needs of the Welsh economy.

Kamar ElHoziel from Porthmadog was awarded the Gold award in the Inclusive Skills, Catering category: the top national award.

Damien Slaney from Trawsfynydd was awarded the Silver award in the Inclusive Skills, Restaurant Services category.

Aled Jones-Griffiths, Principal of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said.

“Our Independent Living Skills departments are an integral part of our provision and we make every effort to ensure opportunities for our learners at all levels. These competitions are a great way to develop skills and we value the opportunity to take part in Skills Competition Wales.

Congratulations to Kamar and Damien on their success and a big thank you to all the staff who trained them.”

Morfudd Pughe Richards, lecturer on the Skills for Life and Work course, said.

“We are truly proud of Kamar and Damien's success. Both have worked extremely hard to get to this point. Kamar is a lively, energetic and creative person with many different interests. She always works hard and her dedication has paid dividends. Thank you Kamar for showing our college at its best; you are truly a great ambassador for all that is good about our college.”

Morfudd added -

“Damien always works hard and always does his best. His enthusiasm for the competition was great, and his preparation was very detailed. Damien has also shown what we can all achieve through hard work and dedication. Thank you Damien, you are truly a star and all the staff and students of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor are very proud of your success.

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