WorldSkills UK results are in - Coleg Gwent learners win gold yet again

29 November 2021

It’s been another fantastic year of WorldSkills UK competitions and results for Team Wales, with Coleg Gwent learners winning Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended across a range of skills competitions! 

The finals of WorldSkills UK competitions 2021 took place throughout November, with students and apprentices from across the country competing in a range of skills-based disciplines from woodwork to restaurant service, and ICT to hairdressing.  

Over 400 competitors from across the UK battled to be crowned ‘skills champion’ in their specialist areas, with a total of 29 learners from Coleg Gwent reaching the finals. The learners demonstrated their skills and knowledge in competitions up and down the country, with multiple finals taking place at Coleg Gwent campuses in recent weeks.  


Our skills champions

The results were aired during a live awards ceremony on Friday 26th November in Channel 4’s Packed Lunch programme with Steph McGovern, and we’re proud to announce that our learners won a total of 13 medals, reaffirming Coleg Gwent’s position in the top ten colleges across the UK for skills training. 

Ben Blackledge, Deputy CEO of WorldSkills UK, commented: “These young people are a real inspiration. They are an example to us all and should be celebrated. To have excelled after such a difficult year shows that their dedication and skills are truly excellent. Skills are the lifeblood of every economy, creating high quality jobs, rewarding careers, and our competitions are proof that there is amazing talent in every part of the UK.”  

Congratulations to all our medalists and well done to all our finalists from Coleg Gwent too! 

Gold winners: 

  • Rhys Edmunds – Fitness Trainer: Personal Training 
  • Bailey Richardson – Foundation Skills: IT Software Solutions for Business 
  • Ben Thewlis – Foundation Skills: Woodworking 

Silver winners: 

  • Harvey Ede – Foundation Skills: IT Software Solutions for Business 
  • Connor Jamie – Foundation Skills: Motor Vehicle 
  • Adrian Buick – Foundation Skills: Woodworking 
  • Leah Browning – Hairdressing 

Bronze winners: 

  • Tiana Elizabeth Roberts – Commercial Make-Up 
  • Shannon Greenway – Fitness Trainer: Personal Training 

Highly commended: 

  • Laura Evans – Foundation Skills: Horticulture 
  • Shaun Davies – Foundation Skills: Horticulture 
  • Cynan Richardson – Foundation Skills: IT Software Solutions for Business 
  • Sacha Ellis-Stych – Foundation Skills: IT Software Solutions for Business 

Skills Competition Wales

Interested in taking part in the next WorldSkills UK competitions? 

Closely aligned to WorldSkills UK, Skills Competition Wales kicks off at the start of 2022, offering learners the chance to compete in skills-based competitions across a range of sectors in Wales. The competitions are free to enter and usually run between January and March, feeding into the next WorldSkills UK competitions. Find out more about taking part or register for Skills Competition Wales 2022 now and put your skills to the test.