Outstanding student success at Skills Competition Wales awards ceremony

Last night Bridgend College students won an outstanding 30 awards at the 2023 Skills Competition Wales awards ceremony, including the ‘Bands Band’ accolade for the student music group, Wired. Medals were won across the board, with the College claiming 10 Gold, 18 Silver and 1 Bronze.

As one of six satellite hosts for the ceremony, Bridgend College presented seven awards including Health and Social Care and Childcare. Conferring the medals live for College was Simon Pirotte, Principal and CEO, and Suzanne Packer, Honorary Fellow.

The ceremony took place at the College’s STEAM Academy where participating students, their families and tutors celebrated students’ performance and achievements. College governors, the leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Cllr Huw David, and Members of the Senedd, Luke Fletcher MS and Huw Irranca-Davies MS, also attended in support of the tremendous collective student effort.

Skills Competition Wales is an annual series of competitive heats across a breadth of vocational areas, taking place between January and March. From Robotics to Horticulture, students compete in their chosen categories, providing them with a chance to both showcase and benchmark their skills against their peers. This year over 1,600 students took part in the competitions, with just 189 medals up for grabs.

We would like to congratulate all students who took part in the Skills Competitions this year and we are incredibly proud of our award winners. Here are this year’s medallists from Bridgend College:

  • Construction Skills (14-16): Caled Powell, Gold
  • Fashion Design and Technology: Jace Huxley, Gold
  • Forensic Science: Ffion Perkins, Gold
  • Forensic Science: Ashlee Howard, Gold
  • Health and Social Care: Alarna Taylor, Gold
  • Heavy Vehicle Technology: Callum Morgan, Gold
  • Inclusive Skills Automotive Technology: Toby Coupland, Gold
  • Inclusive Skills Health and Social Care: Erica Monteiro, Gold
  • Industrial Robotics: Martyna Duba, Gold
  • Industrial Robotics: Chloe Walford, Gold
  • Construction Skills (14-16): Riliegh Spear, Silver
  • Hairdressing: Jessie Uppington, Silver
  • Hairdressing (14-16): Payton Ware, Silver
  • Health and Social Care: Teodora Grancea, Silver
  • Inclusive Skills Automotive Technology: Ioan Drew, Silver
  • Inclusive Skills Childcare: Saskia Prothero, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Gwenllian Selby, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Libby Hicks, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Cole Crossfield, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Kacey Peck, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Tyler Beddows, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Lowri Williams, Silver
  • Performing Arts: Matthew Rees, Silver
  • Popular Music: Sebastian Blaikie, Silver
  • Popular Music: Issac Davies, Silver
  • Popular Music: Lili Davies, Silver
  • Popular Music: Mia Lane, Silver
  • Popular Music: Lylia Young, Silver
  • Graphic Design: Rebecca Thomas, Bronze

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