A learner from Coleg y Cymoedd is taking on her toughest skills challenge to date this week, when she goes head to head against another Patisserie and Confectionery learner to try and win a place to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 this summer.
Known as the â€˜Skills Olympicsâ€™, the WorldSkills Competition sees the worldâ€™s best apprentices and learners battle it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill. The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings following its medal success at the last WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
Alys Cadi was invited to compete for a place in â€˜Team UKâ€™ for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions. She will compete from 4th â€“ 7th March at the City of Glasgow College. â€˜Team UKâ€™ for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be announced on 11th March.
Karen Phillips, Principal, Coleg y Cymoedd said â€œAlys has always been an inspirational learner and her tutors and fellow learners are in awe of her extraordinary skills in patisserie and confectionery. Alys has not only excelled in her studies and in competitions, she has also participated in the entrepreneurship scheme in the college to set up a business. We are very proud of her achievements to date and wish her every success in the forthcoming competitionâ€
Commenting on her success to date and the challenge ahead Alys said â€œI will always be grateful for the support, encouragement and opportunities I received throughout my 2 years at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€.
WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mind set and employability skills of young people.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK said: â€œI wish Alys the very best of luck as she competes for a place in the team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
â€œBy entering the WorldSkills Competition, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider economy, driving up training standards in the UK to world-class levels, boosting productivity.â€
Inspired by Alys? WorldSkills UK is looking for apprentices and learners to take part in WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. Register at worldskillsuk.org by 5th April and see how far your skills can take you.