Cymoedd Catering learner wins Gold
Cymoedd’s patisserie learner Verity-Ann Lewis has achieved her ambition and won Gold in a recent Skills Patisserie competition. Verity-Ann, the only Cymoedd Catering learner, competed against learners from colleges across Wales.
Skills Competition Wales, funded by the Welsh Government is designed to raise the profile of skills in Wales. The competition helps boost the skillset of the future workforce, focussing on the growth areas and the needs of the economy.
This year due to the pandemic, the learners did not travel to various centres to compete in the UK Skills Regional heat; but prepared their work in-house, which was then judged remotely. Verity –Ann’s presentation, creativity and style hit the grade with the judges, who presented her with the prestigious Gold Award.
Verity, from Rhymney has studied at the Hospitality and Catering department on Ystrad Mynach campus for 3 years and then did Patisserie on the Nantgarw campus this year, she has been involved with all aspects of the department. She has always been keen to enter competitions to gain experience and showcase the skills she has acquired at the college.
During the particularly difficult time of Covid-19, Verity-Ann was completing the Level 3 VTCT Patisserie and Confectionary course but ever focussed she dedicated a significant amount of time, training for the competition; both in the college and at home.
Congratulating Verity on her success, Course Tutor Ian Presgrave said “Verity has worked hard throughout her years within the college and through her own hard work and training from dedicated tutors, she has reached her goals in winning gold. We wish her good luck for a successful career”.
An excited Verity-Ann added “I have to thank my tutors for the support they have given me, especially Ian, Ben and Mark who have all encouraged me over the last year. Having studied Patisserie in Nantgarw, the college has provided me with fantastic facilities and tuition which has enabled me to achieve my goals”.