Our Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, saw for himself the wide variety of training opportunities in Wales during a visit to this year’s Eisteddfod in Wrexham. Visitors to the event could have a go at a number of skills on the Welsh Government’s stand - with the minister trying his hand at Welsh rural crafts, motorbike engineering and 3D modelling using clay!
The ‘have a go’ opportunities formed part of Wales’ contribution to the WorldSkills London 2011 campaign, ‘Be one in a million’; a campaign to provide one million opportunities for people across the UK to try a new skill in a fun, interactive and engaging way.
Mr Cuthbert said that “WorldSkills London 2011 is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of vocational skills with some of the most gifted learners from all over the world coming together to demonstrate their skills. It is exciting to see the way that the event has already captured the imagination of our network in Wales and I am hoping that this ‘Be one in a million’ campaign will help to inspire our next generation of talent."
At the Eisteddfod, the minister met some adult learners from Yale College Wrexham to talk about their experience in WorldSkills UK national competitions. He also met with Paul Green, Yale College, and Ian Thomson, Coleg Llandrillo to talk about their appointments as WorldSkills Training Managers for CNC Milling and Turning; roles which will see them develop the talent of the Team UK that will compete at this year’s WorldSkills London 2011 event.
Mr Cuthbert went on say: “I’m delighted to see so many people from Wales getting involved with the WorldSkills London 2011 event. I would like to see vocational qualifications receive the same recognition as their academic counterparts. They are highly valued by employers, and equally important as academic qualifications. This event will go a long way to help deliver a lasting vocational skills legacy.”
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