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Bright Spark Lewis Reaches National Skills Contest Final

 Lewis Clarke

A YOUNG electronics student is getting set to showcase his talents in the finals of a prestigious UK skills competition.

Lewis Clarke, 19, a student at The College Ystrad Mynach, has won a place in the final of the World Skills UK competition to be held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Lewis, from Penallta, Caerphilly, has just started the second year of his two year extended national diploma in electronic and electrical engineering at The College Ystrad Mynach.

And his talent working with circuits and capacitors has won him a place in the industrial electronics competition final at the World Skills event.

The contest is part of the Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers event held annually to inspire the fashion designers, web developers and engineers of tomorrow with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships.

The event, being held this year from November 15 to 17, also aims to highlight the importance of skills to economic growth in the UK and will feature a range of competitions, awards and activities.

To reach the finals, Lewis competed at a regional heat in Swansea where he completed a number of challenges which involved building and testing circuits for the judges.

Lewis said: “I’m really looking forward to going to the final. For the competition, we’ll be doing programming and designing circuit boards as well.”

Lewis’ interest in electronics was first sparked when he was a pupil at St Martin’s Comprehensive School in Caerphilly.

“I first got interested in it at school and I really enjoyed doing the work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else now,” said Lewis, whose full time college course sees him swapping between practical and theory and text books and tool kits.

“There is lots of maths and theoretical work to study as well as practical work,” added Lewis, who enjoys playing squash and meeting up with friends in his spare time.

Once he completes his college course, Lewis hopes to go to university to continue his studies in electronics and eventually find a job in the field.

And it seems Lewis’ interest in all things electrical runs in the family as his brother Jordan, 17, is due to start on the same course at Ystrad Mynach in September. He also has a younger brother Nathan, five.

Course tutor Corinne Hey said: “Lewis has worked really hard all year on his practical skills and theory which were a great combination to get into the final. 

“He deserves every success and we wish him all the best for the final and for his university studies and beyond.”

College Principal Bryn Davies said: “We are delighted that Lewis has got through to the national final of the World Skills UK competition. He has worked extremely hard in his first year and a place in the final is the icing on the cake.

“It is also testament to his tutors who have taught him so well as it is no mean feat to make it through to the finals of this prestigious competition


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Pontypool trainee wins through to all-Wales Hairdressing final

A trainee from Pontypool has won through to the final of the competition to find Wales’ best up and coming Hairdresser.

17-year-old Heather Keeble from Pontypool, a Level 2 Hairdressing student at The College Ystrad Mynach, came out top in the South & West Wales heat of the Skills Competition Wales Hairdressing event held at The College Ystrad Mynach.

She will now go forward to the all-wales final which will be held at Coleg Powys on 25 March 2012.

Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund,Skills Competition Walespromotes the importance of developing a highly skilled workforce.

Stylists had to complete two hairstyles within a set time frame.  The first style was a ladies military precision cut on a mannequin head followed by a strictly hair up style on a live model.  Competitors were judged on their cut, finish and colour techniques whilst the hair up heat was judged on the overall finish and ornamentation used within the style.

Skills Competition Walesaims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as hairdressing, 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 Walesoffers 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   


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Penarth trainee wins through to all-Wales Nail Enhancement final

A trainee from Penarth has won through to the final of the competition to find Wales’ best up and coming Nail Technician.

18-year-old Charlotte Burley from Penarth, a Nail Services student at The College Ystrad Mynach, came out top in the South & West Wales heat of the Skills Competition Wales Nail Enhancement event held at The College Ystrad Mynach.

She will now go forward to the all-wales final which will be held at Coleg Morgannwg on 25 March.

Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund,Skills Competition Walespromotes the importance of developing a highly skilled workforce.

Contestants had to paint two hands to the theme of Golden Burlesque within a set time frame.  Competitors were judged on the nail application, finished result and their application of Health & Safety.

Skills Competition Walesaims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as nail enhancement, 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 Walesoffers 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   


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Hairdressing students show they are a cut above the rest

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Thirty hairdressing students from The College Ystrad Mynach are heading to London next week to show off their talents to the world.

The NVQ level 3 hairdressing students are appearing at WorldSkills London 2011, the world's largest international skills showcase.

The students were invited to take part in the event at the ExCel exhibition centre after impressing the organisers with a fund-raising show they did for teenage cancer at the college in Ystrad Mynach in April.

Salon manager and lecturer Dave Bassett explained:

The organisers put out a call for people to put on a display of t heir skills. We did a show here in April, where we showed the organisers what our talented hairdressing students are capable of, and we were delighted when they chose us to go to London.”

The hairdressing students will spend next Friday morning (October 7) creating their designs on stage at the venue in London’s Royal Docks. They will then have half an hour on the catwalk later in the day to show them off.

Mr Bassett added: “It is an excellent advert for their work and brilliant for the students to be able to put something like this on their CVs.”

The themes the hairdressers have chosen come from the Welsh Assembly’s Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship programme which encourages students to think about links between society, economy and the environment and between their lives and those of people throughout the world.

One of the young hairdressers taking part is 18-year-old Emma Hardcastle, from Blackwood. 

Emma, a former Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School pupil who is now in her third year at the college, has only had three weeks to prepare for the show.

“I was a model at the show we did in April but when someone dropped out of the London show three weeks ago, I was asked to do the actual styling,” said full-time student Emma, who will be using Sabrina Dimampro to model her striking hairstyle.

Emma’s style is called “tornado” and is based on the theme of climate change.  It involves pinning a wig around a polystyrene cone which is then attached to Sabrina’s head to form the body of the “tornado.”

A wispy cloud will be placed on top of the tornado to create a show-stopping visual effect at the event, which has been created from real hair Emma and her fellow students collected after a practical session in the college salon.

Emma, who hopes to go into hairdressing full time when she completes college, said: “I am really excited about taking part in the event as it’s going to be such a great experience for me and I’ll be able to learn a lot from the other hairdressers and their work.”

The WorldSkills event is held in different countries every other year and around 150,000 visitors are expected to visit the London showcase where 1,000 competitors from more than 50 countries will be demonstrating 46 different skills from hairdressing to bricklaying over four days from October 5 to 8.

The College Ystrad Mynach has centres in Ystrad Mynach, Rhymney, Bargoed, Blackwood, Aber Valley, Caerphilly and Tredomen.


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