Two students from Coleg Cambria have won gold medals in the video moving image final of a national skills competition.
Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund, Skills Competition Wales is a series of events held in colleges across the country, designed to celebrate vocational skills and create highly skilled, award winning employees for the Welsh workforce.
Morgan Powell and Morgan Davies, who are both studying a level 3 BTEC in media, competed against 29 other students from across Wales to create the best short film. Each competing group had been tasked with writing, filming, directing and editing a five minute film about a topic of their choice, ready to be presented to the judges on the day of the competition.
Morgan Powell, from Marford, said she couldn’t believe it when the judges announced the duo as the winners.
She added: “Presenting our work to the judges was nerve-wracking, especially as we knew we couldn’t change anything by that point. Our film was a public service announcement about mental health, helping people struggling with conditions such as anxiety and depression.”
“I think it’s such a topical subject at the moment, for young people in particular, and the judges were impressed we’d managed to effectively tackle such a sensitive issue in less than five minutes.
“Creating the film for the competition gave us both a range of different experiences. Instead of focussing on one aspect, we worked together from the start, developing our concept, writing a script, organising actors and locations, directing and editing.
“We both can’t wait for the next challenge, which will hopefully take us through to the UK finals, and we’re excited to get started on shooting our next film.”
More than 35 competitions are taking place this year, across a wide range of different vocations from plumbing and beauty therapy to aeronautical engineering and accountancy.
The successful Welsh competitors may go on to challenge youngsters from across the UK at the WorldSkills UK national finals, held at The Skills Show in Birmingham’s NEC this November.
Competitors who excel at The Skills Show may then be shortlisted to compete against the world’s most talented young people at the international WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia in 2019.
Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James said: “At the Skills Show last year, the Welsh team topped the leader board of UK regions winning a total of 45 medals, which demonstrates that we’re producing some of the most highly skilled young people across the nation.
“In a year when Wales is celebrating legends of the past, competitions like these showcase the talent across the country and provide a platform for emerging Welsh legends of the future.
“Along with their hard work and determination the support from their college is an important factor in their success, and I would like to extend a special thank you to all the local businesses, schools and colleges across Wales who support these talented individuals.
“I would like to congratulate both of them on their fantastic achievement and wish them the best of luck in the next stage of the competition and their future career.”