AN ENGINEERING Student from Llanelli has put Carmarthenshire on the map by winning a gold medal at the Skills Show in Birmingham, the largest skills competition in the UK.
Coleg Sir Gâr HNC electronics/electrical student Adam Bedner, who is an apprentice at Gestamp in Llanelli, competed in the industrial electronics category.
Adam Bedner said: “Competitors were asked to finish a circuit board design from a schematic.
“We also had to change a printed circuit board design, undertake soldering tasks, apply skills in fault finding and repair and use C-Programming to drive the function of a drinks dispenser and amending the programme to suit various coins and fluid quantities.”
Within a two-hour ceremony which presented medals to the best competitors in the UK, Adam’s name was called amongst the gold medal winners.
Adam Bedner added: “It was a nice shock, I didn’t expect to win gold but was hoping for maybe a bronze or with a bit of luck a silver.
“However, for me it’s not just about the gold medal, it’s about the experiences of my competition journey and the people I’ve met as that goes a long way in my personal and professional career.”
Adam won a bronze medal in industrial electronics in a Skills Competition Wales event last year which secured his place at the Skills Show.
And there was double cause for celebration as Coleg Sir Gâr student Joshua Kerr won a gold medal in the inclusive skills carpentry category at the NEC where he took part in a three-hour woodworking task.
Inclusive Skills is part of the Skills Show as well as Skills Competitions Wales and is backed by the Welsh Government to celebrate vocational skills for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities to help equip them with essential life, learning and employability skills.
Joshua, who studies an entry level qualification in timber products as part of his course at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus said: “Being successful in this competition has made me think of all the different things I could do with a carpentry qualification, there’s so many options in the woodwork trade.”
Ian Smith entry level team leader said: “All of the staff and learners are very proud of Josh and his achievements.
“The benefits of entering skills competitions are evident to all and the success of the competitions also relies on the hard work of members of staff dedicated to working with learners, so big congratulations to all involved.”