Wales at WorldSkills London
5-8 Oct 2011
WorldSkills is the world’s largest international skills event – the ‘skills Olympics’. Staged every two years, it was last in the UK in 1989. WorldSkills London 2011 will bring together 1,000 competitors under 25 years from over 50 countries/regions to compete in 46 separate skills competitions. Around 150,000 people are expected to attend, including well over 800 from Wales’ colleges alone.
Relevance to Wales:
- Performers in the official WorldSkills Opening Ceremony extravaganza will be dressed in costumes designed and constructed by Coleg Morgannwg students.
- One competitor, 18 year old David Bowen a student at Coleg Sir Gâr who is from Llandysul, Carmarthen, is in the UK Team. He is competing in the web design competition. The competition takes place over the four days of the WorldSkills event: 5-8 Oct.
- Coleg Sir Gar has been chosen to present at the Global Skills Marketplace - an international skills conference running alongside Worldskills
- Reflecting the high quality of vocational teaching in Wales, two members of college staff from Wales have been chosen to be managers of the UK Team: Ian Thompson (Coleg Llandrillo) and Paul Green (Yale College Wrexham). In addition, Mike Walters (Coleg Sir Gâr) is a Workshop Supervisor and six apprentices from Wales' colleges will gain a wealth of experience in their role as volunteer workshop assistants
- Organisations could apply to showcase vocational skills on the high-profile main stage and specialist stages e.g. Cookery Feature Stage and STEM Zone. Wales’ has been more successful than any other UK nation/English region in winning these sought-after, once in a generation opportunities. Ten colleges will deliver twelve showcases over a wide range of skill areas. They are: Coleg Menai, Deeside College, Coleg Gwent, Coleg Morgannwg, Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Sir Gâr, Ystrad Mynach College, Pembrokeshire College, Coleg Harlech WEA(N), Cardiff and Vale College.
- ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, NTfW and the Welsh Government have joined forces to organise a high-impact ‘Wales’ exhibition and demonstration stand to sell Wales as a place to learn, visit and do business.
The programme, starting with Coleg Morgannwg’s costumes in the Opening Ceremony at the O2 Arena and including all of the exhibitions, showcases and demonstrations is available on the ColegauCymru website: click here.