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Skills Competition Wales success for Cardiff and Vale College learners

Cardiff and Vale College students have won an impressive seven awards in the latest round of Skills Competition Wales, in disciplines ranging from Beauty Therapy through IT to Vehicle Painting.


The College recently hosted six heats of the competition, including five all Wales finals, at its new City Centre Campus in Cardiff. Skills Competition Wales is a Welsh Government-backed series of events designed to celebrate vocational skills and is part of the global WorldSkills competition.


Students from across Wales competed in a series of gruelling tests in IT, Hair and Beauty and Automotive. CAVC students brought home seven medals, in an impressive haul for the College which has already seen a stream of Welsh and UK medal winners in previous years.


In the Microsoft IT Technician round, CAVC students won all top three prizes. James Gradkowski came first, winning gold, while Jake Huntley and Zoila Garcia Mancebo won silver and bronze respectively.


Michael Scaccia won gold in Vehicle Painting, and Victoria Paquet won gold in the Beauty Body Competition. Ella Jenkins won silver in the IT Software Solutions for Business competition, and Mollie Williams scored bronze in Beauty Hand and Face.


And recently, students Gabriel Hamon and Tayla-Jayde Gratton won gold and bronze respectively at the Skills Competition Wales Aerospace Engineering finals at Coleg Cambria.


CAVC Deputy Principal Kay Martin said: “It takes a lot of hard work to get into the final rounds of Skills Competition Wales and for so many of our students to do so well is an achievement that everyone at Cardiff and Vale College is immensely proud of. We wish everyone who competed the very best of luck for the future.”





Notes to editors

  • Photo shows (l-r) CAVC Deputy Principal Kay Martin, Rob Drage Laboratory Technologist at competition sponsors 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division, Vehicle Painting Gold Medal winner Michael Scaccia, CAVC Deputy Head of Automotive Nik Ions 
  • Cardiff and Vale College is one of the top companies for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the National Centre for Diversity’s 2016 Top 100 Index
  • Cardiff and Vale College was awarded College of the Year at the 2015 Insider Business and Education Partnership Awards
  • Apply now to join CAVC in Sept 2016: visit www.cavc.ac.uk for details
  • Why not follow the latest updates from Cardiff and Vale College on Facebook or Twitter @cavc?


For more information contact:

Chris Baker

Communications Officer

Tel: 01446 725003. Mob: 07932 770938





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