Coleg Cambria Deputy Director of Curriculum for Learner Experience and Enterprise, has been named WorldSkills UK Local Heroes Winner 2017.
Rona Griffiths has recently returned from Abu Dhabi where she championed two Cambria apprentices who were competing in the WorldSkills finals.
Fighting off competition from across the UK, Rona was named Local Heroes Winner 2017 at the Skills Show, held in Birmingham NEC where Team Cambria were competing in the UK finals of WorldSkills UK, placed 2nd in the medals table.
Local Heroes are supporters of WorldSkills UK who drive their organisation’s involvement in skills competitions, helping to equip young people with lifelong, world-class skills.
Each year, thousands of young people are registered to take part in WorldSkills UK competitions, but their participation is only possible through the support of committed Local Heroes who promote the benefits of competitions to students, apprentices and senior management.
These Local Heroes also give their time to competitors, putting on additional training for competitors and offering pastoral and moral support.
Rona’s tireless work to increase the number and quality of competitors from Coleg Cambria; the moral, pastoral and logistical support she offers the competitors; as well as her efforts to ensure that competitions and competitor successes are used to inspire all learners, saw her crowned the winner.
Rona Griffiths, Deputy Director of Curriculum for Learner Experience and Enterprise at Cambria said: “I’m rather overwhelmed and didn’t see this coming. Winning the Local Heroes award is in recognition of the work done at and by Coleg Cambria in WorldSkills.
“I would like to think I picked this up on behalf of everyone working on this project at Coleg Cambria.”
David Jones OBE CEO of Coleg Cambria said: “I’d like to congratulate Rona on this truly wonderful, and totally deserved, achievement.
“Her enthusiasm and leadership has been a big part of Cambria’s success at WorldSkills over the last few years.”