Coleg Cambria Independent Living Skills (ILS) learners and best friends, Paige Bedford, 19 from Bagillt, Flintshire and Jason Williams, 21 from Meliden, Prestatyn competed at the Inclusive Skills Competition against students from colleges across Wales to win their place to compete at WorldSkills UK.
The competition was held alongside the World Skills competitions at The Skills Show in Birmingham. Jason who won Gold, and Paige brought home the silver, were representing Wales and were competing against regional finalists from across the UK.
During the competition they had to produce a word processed document to include formatting and corrections.
Delighted Paige who was very excited to have won the competition with best friend and fellow student Jason added: “I carried out lots of practice and plenty of reading in preparation for the competition, I had lots of support from my tutors in college. In my spare time I love to write my own short stories, I think this helped me”
“I have my own laptop at home and I am able to use computers in college in my lessons and free time. IT opens up a whole new world for me as I can do lots more things. I can find out about things by researching on the internet.”
“I’ve been friends with Jason for a few years now and we both love our sessions in IT, we both tried our very best for the competition. We were so pleased with the result.”
“When I heard the news I was so excited and could not wait to tell my mum” added Jason.
“I have been interested in IT ever since I can remember and use a PC at home pretty much all the time, I love IT and I practice with my tutor at college. I was amazed when I was asked to represent Coleg Cambria at the Inclusive Skills event with my good friend Paige.
College tutors David Davies and Lyn Morris who accompanied the students to the event, said: “This success is thoroughly deserved as both students have produced a consistently high standard of work during their time in our Life Skills department, and we are very pleased for them. “They both did really well. They stayed calm, even though they were in an unfamiliar environment and visitors at the event could watch them compete.
“Their achievements highlight the possibilities for students with additional needs to make progress not only in their employability skills but also in their confidence and dealing with unfamiliar situations. We were both proud of how well they did.”
Paul Raven, Deputy Director for Independent Living Skills at Coleg Cambria, said: “We are delighted to celebrate Jason and Paige’s success. They coped with the pressure of the competition really well and their results are well deserved.
“Inclusive Skills competitions have been created specifically for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. They enable young people to compete at a national level and to demonstrate their abilities in a wide range of vocational skills.”