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A trainee from Llay in Wrexham has won through to the final of the competition to find Wales’ best up and coming Motor Vehicle Technician
18-year-old Maurice Pickering, a Motor Vehicle student at Deeside College came out top in the North and Mid Wales heat of the Skills Competition Wales Motor Vehicle, Light Vehicle event held at Deeside College.
He will now go forward to the all-wales final which will be held in Cardiff on 29th March 2012.
Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund, Skills Competition Wales promotes the importance of developing a highly skilled workforce. The Motor Vehicle, Light Vehicle competition, is run by Skills Competition Wales, the North and Mid Wales event was sponsored by City and Guilds, who provided all contestants and assessors with briefcases, fleeces, mugs and other gifts. The event had a live video link and was observed by many other institutions on the day.
Contestants had to carry out a series of motor vehicle engineering skills assessments. These included engine and chassis systems component replacements with a stringent marking system which looked at health and safety, correct use of tools, equipment and vehicle care.
Skills Competition Wales aims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as motor vehicle, automotive engineering, aerospace, construction skills, catering, accountancy, media, and information technology.
It involves colleges, Sector Skills Councils and training providers running competitions across Wales.
Skills Competition Wales offers learners a chance to test, benchmark and raise their skills levels and provides valuable competition experience for those who enter and progress onto WorldSkills UK competitions. The next World Skills event takes place in Leipzig in July 2013. For employers, competitions not only help drive up the quality in apprenticeships and vocational education, but also motivate employees to achieve success.
WorldSkills UK competitions are the feeder route for competitors to go forward and represent their Country at the biennial International ‘WorldSkills’ competition – the world’s largest skills competition.
The Welsh Government is encouraging businesses and skills providers in Wales to get involved, promote and support Skills Competition Wales and WorldSkills competitions.
For more information about Skills Competitions Wales and WorldSkills UK please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/wales